ASPE eNews
Apr. 14, 2015

Scholarship from everyday work; Longitudinal Standardized Patient Project
By Carrie Bohnert, University of Louisville School of Medicine
Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So, how do you respond when, year after year, your students report in their evaluations that they had a difficult time discussing unwelcome news in the SP lab because they feel that they will never break bad news to a patient they do not know? How do you respond when students say they had difficulty suspending disbelief in their suicidal patient lab because they walked in knowing that the patient would have suicidal ideation? How do you address a curriculum gap in which your students do not follow a panel of patients over the course of time?More

2015 Annual SP SIG Business Meeting at IMSH
By Kris Slawinski
Attendance at the annual SP SIG business meeting at IMSH in New Orleans was outstanding this year with 31 people signing in and an additional six to eight people arriving after the roster had been collected. The following topics were discussed, with resolutions included.More

Professional development tools needed
The Virtual Library subcommittee is soliciting information for ASPE's virtual library. We would like to offer members access to professional development tools (of SP educators or of SPs). If you have any information related to this content area, please submit your documents to the virtual library. The submission process is easy. All you have to do is fill out a brief form on ASPE's website and attach your documents, pictures, etc. More

Medical schools reboot for 21st century
National Public Radio
Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training hasn't — until now. Spurred by the need to train a different type of doctor, some top medical schools around the U.S. are tearing up the textbooks and starting from scratch. Most medical schools still operate under a model pioneered in the early 1900s by an educator named Abraham Flexner. The University of Michigan is one of many med schools in the midst of a major overhaul of their curricula.More

Simulated patients' perspectives of and perceived role in medical students' professional identity development
Much has been written about medical students' professional identity formation, the process of "becoming" a doctor. During their training, medical students interact with a range of teachers and trainers. Among these are simulated patients (SPs) who role-play patients, assisting students with their communication, procedural and physical examination skills. With SPs regularly interacting with students, this qualitative study explored their views of students' emerging professional identities at one Australian medical school. SPs' contributions to developing professional identities were also explored.More

Peer-review scandals shake up scholarly journal community
By Cait Harrison
Call it a new form of academic cheating. Peer reviews for scholarly journals have come under the spotlight lately — and the future isn't looking so bright. U.K.-based publisher BioMed Central recently retracted 43 scientific and medical articles because of peer reviews written by people who forged scientists' names. These instances of research fraud are rare, but they're becoming more common with an increase in technology as well as pressure on scholars to get published. What can journals do to prevent the chance of something like this happening again?More

Get in the zone with mental performance coaching
Talent Management
Mental performance coaching is based on the observable fact that athletes and corporate leaders have almost identical experiences under pressure. The ability to master hopes, fears, excitement and anticipation are equally teachable in both sports and business. More

Nurse anesthesia program at University of Pittsburgh is No. 1
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The University of Pittsburgh's master's program in nurse anesthesia had been in the top 10 schools in the country since 1998. But this year, the highly competitive program, which accepts about one in six applicants, finally claimed the top spot among graduate programs that train nurses in the highly specialized science of anesthesiology. More

Recruiting isn't hard — we make it hard
Liz Ryan writes: I have sympathy and compassion for every living creature but my patience is wearing thin with the plaint, "It's so hard to find good employees!" It isn't hard. There are tremendous people everywhere. We make recruiting 10 times harder than it needs to be. I ran a Fortune 500 HR team. How did we hire thousands of people? We had amazing managers and HR people, for one thing. We had tremendous employees in every department who brought their friends to work and got paid for it and got other benefits.More

The secrets to building a constructive feedback culture
Fast Company
One of the most important parts of any organization's culture is the way that feedback is given and received. Feedback on the shortcomings of a piece of work can be constructive, allowing progress and improvement. But it can also be destructive, undermining employees' confidence and preventing them from doing their best work. Given this challenge, many leaders chicken out and provide only cursory feedback, avoiding the backlash negativity can bring. But this can be just as destructive in the long term.More

Just for fun: Med school parody of 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen'
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine via YouTube
Watch the video here.More