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A reflection on measuring and developing SP talent
By Howard M Gregory II, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
One of the great things about going to an ASPE conference is the fact that, no matter how much you know, this community will help you to see things in an entirely new way, and this June was no exception. In my experience working with SPs to create multiple programs for a variety of learners on a daily basis, I often get distracted by the day-to-day tasks of the center so when it comes time to recruit for a role, the majority of the knowledge I have on which to base my pick of SP is tacit.
Reflections on ASPE 2014 workshop, Diversity and Culture in the World of SPS: Continuing the Conversation
By Lorena Dobbie, University of Toronto
I was very excited to see this workshop included in the conference program this year. It is an important area that SP programs need to discuss in order to address the inequities that live within most of our programs. The presenters, Anita Richards from USC Keck School of Medicine, Valerie Fulmer from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Rob MacAulay from USCD School of Medicine and Tamara Owens from Howard University did not promise ready-made solutions. How could they? This is a global issue that is reified daily in our cultures. I appreciated that the presenters were honest, reflective, yet committed to both learning and changing, because that mirrored where I sit with these issues.
Grants & Research Committee — research annotation
Annotated by Cate Nicholas, U of Vermont
The authors, faculty from the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine and the office of Medical Education from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, collaborated to create a formative four-to-six station Standardized Patient (SP) exercise for first year medicinal students in a Communication Skills Course, to reduce stigma and improve communication skills with overweight or obese patients.
3rd Simulation in Medical Education Conference, Nov. 13-15 in Ankara, Turkey
Turkish Association for Medical Education
The Turkish Association for Medical Education, in collaboration with Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, is organizing the third regional conference on simulation. We are very pleased to welcome participants with an interest in simulation from Eastern Europe, Middle East and beyond. This meeting offers participants the opportunity to meet professionals from neighbor countries, share their experiences and begin to collaborate. The program addresses all components of simulation with a special emphasis on IPE.
6 cures for a bad doctor's appointment
Would you feign the flu, cancer or even an STD? Some do it for a living. With a medical exam room as their stage, standardized patients are actors who portray characters with a variety of illnesses — and a plethora of personalities — all in order to train med students and other healthcare professionals. But they're far from being just test dummies or even traditional actors. At the end of their portrayal, SPs are entrusted with evaluating the care they received, which makes them experts at going to the doctor — or at least pretending to.
The importance of listening
We typically display our most ideal self when communicating with a child. Stripped of agenda, we unleash a reciprocal innocence that triggers confidence and courage. The result can nurture self-esteem and bolster pride. Think of a child the next time you're in any important conversation. To paraphrase a well-known truism — listen to others with the best that you have and the best will come back to you.
Pitt's new center will advance research technology, media and health
With an eye on examining both the negative influences and positive capabilities of today's media and technology on health, the University of Pittsburgh has created the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. Director Dr. Brian Primack said although every generation tends to think its innovations will have dire negative effects, there are reasons to think today's larger-than-life media portrayals do have a significant impact on sleep and cognition.
How the Residency Navigator helps postgraduate med students
By Stephanie McKenzie
Fourth-year medical students have been faced with uncertainty for decades when it comes to choosing their postgraduate training location. The choice is important, because it will likely influence what area of medicine they specialize in and where they practice. Yet there has never been any good way for these students to accurately assess which residency programs will give them the best opportunities for the type of clinical training and career opportunities they want. Thanks to the Internet, there is now an online tool that can help make assessing residency programs more transparent.
Why women don't stick with the sciences
The New Republic
Female scientists across the country are leaving prestigious paths. At each stage of the scientific ladder — undergraduate to graduate to postdoc — more women than men leave the academic sciences, a phenomenon that has been termed "the leaky pipeline." In 2010, The National Science Foundation reported that women earned 49 percent of doctoral degrees in all science, engineering and health fields. But they held just 39 percent of postdoctoral positions and 32 percent of full-time faculty positions.
Vanderbilt helping shape the future of medical schools
After a century, medical school needs a makeover. That's why the American Medical Association has given grant money to 11 universities, including Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville — to revamp medical education. In 2013, the AMA awarded Vanderbilt $1 million, to be delivered over five years, to accelerate best practices in medical education.
Transgender people can explain why women don't advance at work
The New Republic
Fifty years after "The Feminine Mystique" and 40 years after Title IX, the question of why women lag in the workplace dogs researchers and lay people alike. While women are entering the professions at rates equal to men, they rise more slowly, and rarely advance to the top. They're represented in smaller numbers at the top in fields from science to arts to business.
6 unique ways to build a better talent pool with social media
The Staffing Stream
Building and populating a talent pool can be a great way to jump the skills gap and provide your clients with quality candidates. However, it's often easier said than done. Thankfully, social media is easing the process of building a dedicated talent pipeline of candidates. The online space has made it easier for smart staffing professionals and recruiters to attract great candidates, engage with smart people and make better matches between candidates and clients.
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