ASPE eNews
Jul. 22, 2014

SSH President Pam Jeffries recognizes the accomplishments of Dr. Stephen Abrahamson
Dr. Stephen Abrahamson, a pioneer in healthcare simulation who helped to develop Sim One, the first healthcare manikin, passed away Monday, July 14. He was 93. The path to healthcare simulation started in 1964 when Abrahamson, then director of the division of research at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, was challenged to use computers in the medical school Abrahamson saw the potential to use computers to help medical school educators improve education and outcomes. His idea that an anesthesia student could learn from data rather than using a patient was unprecedented.More

Two recipients recognized as ASPE Educator of the Year
In recognition of the outstanding talent within ASPE, we annually honor an individual ASPE member through the "Outstanding SP Educator Award." Nominations are sought each year a few months before the Annual Conference. The award is decided upon by a committee of former recipients selected by the President of ASPE.

Two outstanding individuals were recognized as SP Educators of the year, which is a first for our organization. Grace Gephardt and Wendy Gammon both received the award.More

Online resource: Healthy Simulation
Healthy Simulation
Medical simulation, or healthcare simulation, is the future of healthcare education and training. Join thousands of other healthcare educators and professionals using as the premiere resource website for simulation in healthcare! To read more, go here.More

A primer for objective structured teaching exercises
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
The objective structured teaching exercise is a high-fidelity training method for advancing the teaching and interpersonal communication skills of faculty members and preceptors. This paper is a primer for implementation of OSTEs as part of a comprehensive faculty development program. This primer addresses teaching and precepting skills that can be most effectively enhanced and assessed by the OSTE method. More

Changing the performance management mindset
Talent Management
It was just before Thanksgiving last November when the always-lively debate about performance management received a new jolt. First, Microsoft Corp. announced it would ditch its stacked ranking system, a performance management process instituted by General Electric Co. in the 1980s that effectively ranks employees on a bell curve, looking to weed lower performers out and improve the organization's overall performance. More

'Empathy Exams' is a virtuosic manifesto of human pain
National Public Radio
A boyfriend once called standardized patient Leslie Jamison "a wound dweller." This is one of many personal morsels she shares in her virtuosic book of essays, "The Empathy Exams," in which she intrepidly probes sore spots to explore how our reactions to both our own pain and that of others define us as human beings. Jamison notes with concern that ironic detachment has become the fallback in this "post-wounded" age that fears "anything too tender, too touchy-feely." More

Mood swing as an indicator of hiring success
Talent Management
The common phrase "birds of a feather flock together" rings particularly true when it comes to high-performing work teams. Substantial organizational research during the past several years suggests that emotional affect — employees' moods, emotions and disposition — influences job performance, decision-making, creativity and turnover. More

Medical schools being challenged to find training sites
HealthDay News via Pri-Med
Medical schools are working to find solutions to ensure their students can continue to receive clinical training in spite of the escalating shortage of training sites, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. A recently released report from the AAMC and other medical organizations describes the escalating shortage of clinical training sites to accommodate the increasing number of U.S. medical and other health professional students.More

Passion, goals and psychology in Canada
Talent Management
I recently traveled to the University of Toronto — famous for the invention of insulin, 10 Nobel Prize winners, and not having a football team — for the first conference of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA), Daniel S. Bowling III writes. The conference, which featured almost 300 scholars and distinguished visitors from around the globe — plus me — focused on the science of "happiness" and how it might be applied in schools, workplaces and individual lives.More

Things I wish I had known before getting my MBA from Harvard
It's been three years since Azella Perryman graduated from Harvard Business School, and she has spent a lot of time thinking about what she wished someone had told her before going to school for her MBA degree. In a recent post on, Azella shares some of them. There's valuable career advice here for anyone considering an MBA, or for that matter, anyone who is on his or her way to an MBA program this fall. More

Medical schools strive to address clinical training shortage
U.S. News University Directory
For any medical student, the clinical training process poses an invaluable opportunity — one that could make or break their preparedness to manage patients down the road. After spending two years studying materials in a classroom setting, hopeful healthcare professionals are finally given the chance to learn how to perform these vital procedures under direct supervision. While these hands-on experiences are critical to determining an individual's readiness in the field, they are becoming increasingly difficult for schools to provide.More

Humility above arrogance
Talent Management
From Silicon Valley's tech titans to Wall Street's wolves and Hollywood's studio honchos, arrogance in successful leaders is often tolerated and, in some instances, celebrated. The late Steve Jobs was notoriously described as an arrogant leader, as are many decisive, hardened and cutthroat personas from Wall Street to e-commerce to the sidelines of sports. But, more often than not, having an overinflated opinion of oneself is not good for business, according to psychologists and leadership experts.More

Physician stresses simulation to avert harm to real patients
Pain Medicine News
As a young combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, Amitai Ziv practiced on a simulator for every nightmare scenario his trainers could come up with: ejecting from airplanes, landing planes overcome with flames, managing all sorts of equipment malfunctions. When he started medical school after leaving the Air Force, he was astonished that medical trainees honed their skills not on simulators, but on real patients.More