ASPE eNews
Sep. 16, 2014

SSH Journal publishes ASPE abstracts
Every year, after the ASPE abstract review sub-committee has poured through hundreds of poster, workshop and research abstracts to select those most suitable for the ASPE annual conference, a selection of outstanding abstracts are then forwarded on to Rachel Yudkowsky MD, for yet another review.More

Member liaison needs analysis project
By Dawn Schocken, University of South Florida
ASPE members have an interesting opportunity on the horizon with the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) performance Milestones rollout this year and the practical implications this competency based framework has for SP programs across the United States. As medical residents garner experience through their hands-on practice, each individual should be able to verify a specific level of mastery in a set of skills. Year-one residents should be able to meet a specific list of performance-based objectives relative to their field of specialization. More

Karen Szauter's article pick of the month
Dr. Karen Szauter, from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, is a self-proclaimed research "geek" who is very passionate about disseminating research related to SP methodology in hopes of encouraging further research and advancing the field. Karen trolls more than 20 medical education and other journals from around the world, reading over 400 articles a year, in search of publications "worth having a conversation about" to share with the ASPE community.More

Training the nation's sexual assault forensic examiners
By, Jeannette Rainey, gynecological trainer & educator at Eastern Virginia Medical School
Attending the presentation A Review of Current Practices, Policies and Recommendations for Applying the Use of SPs, GTAs and MUTAs for Training and Competency Assessment of Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners lead by presenters, Isle Polonko, New Jersey Medical School, and Scott George, Clinical Skills USA, was my first ASPE conference experience, and I couldn't have been more impressed.More

Pretending to be a medical patient pays off for this teen
National Public Radio
Some of us are lucky enough to stumble into a job that we love. That was the case for Gabrielle Nuki. The 16-year-old had never heard of standardized patients until her adviser at school told her she should check it out. Since Nuki wants to be a doctor, the chance to earn $15 to $20 an hour training medical students as a pretend patient was kind of a dream come true. Every six weeks or so, Nuki comes to Maine Medical Center in her home town of Portland, Maine, slips on a johnny, sits in an exam room and takes on a new persona.More

Talk isn't cheap: Connecting with different communicators
Talent Management
No one sets out to ruin relationships or cause friction when communicating with others. Yet, we each have a unique style of communication that can differ dramatically from the styles of the people we interact with. Because of these differences, we can unintentionally offend someone or create unnecessary conflict. It is important to recognize the interaction or communication style of others and then mirror or match that style when communicating with them. More

The future of nursing: A 10,000-foot view
By Keith Carlson
Nursing and healthcare in the United States are at a crossroads. A broad view of the issues at hand are required in order to address the future of the nursing profession, the American healthcare system and an aging population. Questions regarding the potential existence of a nursing shortage, the number of nurses and nurse educators poised to retire, and the lack of hospital-based employment for new nurses are just some of the conundrums facing us at this juncture. One thing is for certain — the conversations we are having all point to the fact that changes are afoot, and an expansive 10,000-foot view is desperately needed.More

Creating a simulated mental health ward: Lessons learned
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
The future of psychiatric-mental health nursing depends on the preparation of nurses who will meet the mental healthcare needs of society. The current article discusses the development of the "Mental Health Ward," a simulated mental health experience that was offered for the first time to undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students at a Midwestern university in the United States. The Mental Health Ward is an innovative simulated hospital environment that includes the use of standardized patients and role play scenarios.More

The finer details on wellness
Talent Management
With companies searching for ways to minimize healthcare costs, wellness initiatives are becoming more prevalent. Attend an HR conference or trade show, and wellness is almost always on the agenda. Given the emerging healthcare landscape, no one should be surprised. On average, employer healthcare costs are expected to increase 4.4 percent in 2014, according to Towers Watson & Co. This has led employers to take a greater interest in wellness programs to mitigate the cost.More

Simulation helps medical trainees better understand poor patients
UB Reporter
For one eye-opening afternoon, University of Buffalo resident physicians and medical students got a small taste of the challenges and frustrations patients living in poverty or on a low income face every day. Forty family medicine residents and 15 medical students recently took part in a simulation exercise designed to give them a realistic idea of what it takes to make ends meet when financial resources are scarce. More

Avoid these communication mistakes
Everyone communicates and occasionally misspeaks. But the best leaders and the greatest bosses we admire are the ones who take great care with their communication. Here are some common communication blunders and mistakes we are all guilty of and it would be best to avoid. More