ASPE eNews
May. 12, 2015

Terminology and concepts town hall presentation
Given By Joseph O. Lopreiato MD, MPH and Andrew Spain MA, NCEE, CCP-C
The taskforce on terminology and concepts was first constituted at the IMSH meeting in January 2013. At that time, representatives of simulation societies around the globe met to discuss the broad outlines of creating a dictionary focused on terms specific to simulation in healthcare. Over the course of the next two years, with the help of a dictionary consultant, working groups from several simulation societies began writing definitions based on the context of words and written references, with substantial input from the ASPE group. More

Why we need less virtual medicine
By Suneel Dhand, MD, with introduction by Temple West, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Like many blogs or newsletters, I do not remember how or when I signed up for the newsletter. While it is not one that I read regularly, it is also not one that I would quickly unsubscribe to. It presents a broad range of short articles and opinions from wide-ranging perspectives which are always thought-provoking. Why we need less virtual medicine reaffirmed my belief that medical education using standardized patients — real people — will never go by the wayside! I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did. More

Interprofessional Education Simulation Day
By Heidi Lane, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Carilion Clinic and Jefferson College of Health Sciences held the seventh annual Interprofessional Education Simulation Day on Friday, April 17 in Roanoke, Virginia. The Office of Clinical Skills Assessment & Education, Senior Director Dr. Heidi A. Lane, Director Beth Ipock and SP Educators Elizabeth Sawyer and Amber Diaz-Keith trained the SP cases and provided moulage for the event.More

Conference preview of 2 workshops
By Mary Cantrell, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Serious play: Improvisational tools for SP Educators and How to Expect the Unexpected Improvisational Exercises for the SP & Educator

SP educators are often called upon to do innovative work that varies from most day to day work however; there are times when we all fall into "the rut." We get overwhelmed and feel like if we say "yes" to one more thing, we will pop! So, we revert to the age old "NO!" and then wonder why we are in a rut again? I confess, last year I, Mary Cantrell, was in that very rut. While at my core there is usually a "YES," in my real world, I had fallen into the "NO" ditch and couldn't see a way out.More

Curriculum development tools needed
The Virtual Library subcommittee is soliciting information for ASPE's virtual library. Specifically, ASPE members are looking for resources related to Curriculum Development. We want to fill the virtual library with content in this area, but we need your help. The process for submitting information is easy. More

At work with Mark Clark, standardized patient
The Virginian-Pilot
Over the past year-and-a-half, Mark Clark has had new-onset diabetes, asthma, delirium, depression, chronic pain, kidney stones and a botched colonoscopy. Or at least he has as a "patient" at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Clark works as a standardized patient, someone who simulates having an illness or affliction and is interviewed by medical students — or professionals who want refresher training — to reach a diagnosis and care plan.More

Med students learn empathy by practicing communication skills
The Bismarck Tribune
As a senior medical student, Andrew Mills watched his teacher, an intensive care physician, talk with the family of a 20-year-old man who had tried to hang himself. "He had hung long enough that he was brain dead (but his body was still functioning)," Mills recalled. In a private room, the doctor went through every step of what had happened, what it meant and what exactly would take place if the family chose to donate his organs.More

'Cut suits' add realism to trauma training
U-T San Diego
Medical students recently worked to staunch gunshot wounds as their patients moaned, screamed and often fought the care they received. Though they sometimes appeared to gush blood, these wounds weren't real. Each victim in the scenario unfolding on the back lot of a former Kearny Mesa television studio was wearing a special "cut suit" made by Strategic Operations, a local company known for conducting realistic battlefield simulations for the military.More

Overcoming bias: 3 things to consider when interviewing
By Catherine Iste
Organizations often say they are committed to a diverse workforce or transparent hiring. But organizations are made up of people, and people naturally judge others on their own individual set of parameters. In many cases, they do not even realize how much their own perception can cloud their image of a candidate. While it may be a challenge to overcome different types of bias during an interview, keep these three things in mind and you will be in a better position to minimize it.More

Med school deans worry graduates won't get residencies
A record number of people are going to medical school, according to the latest numbers from the Association of American Medical Colleges, but all those students could face a problem when they graduate: a lack of openings for residencies, which they typically need to become doctors. Last fall, 20,343 students began their first year of medical school, more than in any other year, and up 23 percent from 2002, the AAMC reported.More

True patient-centered care needs a personal touch
Most discussions about improving patient engagement focus on technology — specifically, on the patient portal — but healthcare organizations cannot forget the human element of the relationship they have with their patients, according to executives from two leading healthcare systems who spoke recently at the Medical Informatics World Conference in Boston.More

Millennials want a work-life balance — their bosses just don't get why
The Washington Post
Workers around the globe have been finding it harder to juggle the demands of work and the rest of life in the past five years, a new report shows, with many working longer hours, deciding to delay or forgo having children, discontinuing education or struggling to pay tuition for their children. Why?More

Make it OK for employees to challenge your ideas
Harvard Business Review
Often, leaders — especially senior ones — fail to seek information that may make them uncomfortable or to engage with individuals who challenge them. As a result, they miss the opportunity to transform insights at the edge of a company into valuable actions at the core. So how do leaders keep themselves from being isolated at the top?More