ASPE eNews
Feb. 17, 2015

Sharing the history and methodology of ASPE and the SP at IMSH
By Karen Lewis, U of Georgetown
In 2013, the Association of Standardized/Simulated patient Educators celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first publication about the simulated patient. Many 2014 IMSH attendees may remember the portion of the Stephen Abrahamsom video describing his work with Howard Barrows, the creator of the simulated patient. While teaching medical students, Dr. Barrows, a neurologist, discovered that a lay person could be trained to simulate illness and give feedback to medical students about their history taking and communication skills.More

MCAT 2015: A new revolution
By Kris Slawinski, U of Chicago
After the Flexner Report revolutionized medical education in the 19-teens, the attrition rate in medical schools skyrocketed in the early 1920s, precipitating the need for a screening test for medical school candidates. Thus was born the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, which has gone through four iterations over the past 90 years. The current MCAT, at 24 years old, is being phased out this year for a new format which will screen for thinking on a higher level.More

Grants and Research Committee report
By Nancy McNaughton, U of Toronto
The G&R committee has spent January reviewing abstract submissions for the upcoming conference with two of its members, Tonya Thompson and Karen Szauter, in charge of organizing the research reviews for the conference planning committee. Rachel Yudkowsky has accepted an associate editor position on the editorial board of the journal Society for Simulation in Healthcare to commence in March of 2015.More

ASPE is seeking SP training documents for website
The Educational Resources Committee is looking for documents related to SP training for publication in the Virtual Library on the ASPE website. This is an area in which ASPE members have expertise. However, we have no SP training documents on our website, and members are looking for those. Please submit what you've already accomplished so others can benefit from your experience rather than reinventing the wheel. It's a simple process that requires filling out a short form on the ASPE website and attaching your document, pictures, etc.

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Simulated patient program provides lifesaving skills
Health Canal
A University of Tasmania health training program is aiming to better equip student doctors in performing sensitive physical examinations. The university's medical school is recruiting for specialized simulated patients to help support the program. The simulated patient undergoes genital and other physical examinations, and provides feedback to student doctors on appropriate technique and communication skills.More

Simulation education teaches neurology residents to treat stroke patients
The Medical News
A new study indicates that using a high fidelity patient simulator and other simulation-based education techniques can significantly improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of first-year neurology residents. The study was conducted at Loyola University Chicago's Center for Simulation Education.More

Technology's role in preparing military social workers
USC News
University of Southern California researchers are studying how to help behavioral health providers effectively treat the growing number of service members and veterans returning to communities. The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC School of Social Work received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study whether technology — i.e., 3-D avatar animation and mobile apps — are effective at training graduate students and professional clinicians and therapists.More

Patients generally don't ask for unnecessary medicine, study says
If we're ever going to make a dent in unnecessary spending, such on unneeded MRIs or too much medication, we need to understand why there's all this wasteful spending happening in the first place. A new paper in JAMA Oncology tries to clear that up: The study, which examined 5,050 patient-physician encounters, found that — despite doctors' perceptions — patients aren't demanding medicine they don't need.More

Finding a job in healthcare: Performance reviews
By Catherine Iste
Once a year, I have the pleasure of being a guest lecturer for an ethics and social leadership class at a local university. The class participants include master's students in nursing and healthcare informatics. My topic is always the same: I am asked to demystify human resources. This year, the students' questions focused on the following: negotiating an offer, dealing with bureaucracy, performance reviews and terminations. Let's talk about performance reviews.More

Passive candidates: Valuable, but they're not passive nor candidates
Using the term "passive candidate" is just wrong for so many reasons. Once you understand the proper name to call them, you still have a major problem because "not-looking top prospects" can simply never be reached through normal recruiting channels (because almost all of these approaches are designed for prospects who are "actively" looking for a job). There are four key realizations that recruiting leaders must accept if they expect to have any real chance to land these highly desirable "not-looking top prospects."More

5 unconventional ways to keep your most talented employees from leaving
Fast Company
Losing your best employees is a quick and expensive way to slow expansion at a high-growth company. And earning a reputation as an organization that doesn't value and care for its best people can grind growth to a halt. If you want to retain the employees essential to your company's growth and keep them doing their best, you need to keep them engaged. Here are five nontraditional ways you can do so. More

Happiness starts at the top
Talent Management
Happiness comes from how employees are treated as they work, not as something you give them to make them happy. Defining happiness is very subjective, so naturally organizations define it differently. If you can't define it, it will be difficult to know where chief happiness officers should focus their efforts and whether they are successful. More