ASPE eNews
Nov. 11, 2014

Blogs as medical communication resources
By Anna Lank, C3NY
Hello ASPE members,

As educational blogs are growing in our industry, I wanted to share with you the work we have done at C3NY to create a blog as an adjunct to our website, I created the blog to emphasize points that we present to our students in a workshop that we offer monthly in order to clarify, elaborate on and to introduce readers who perhaps have not been exposed to this type of learning to the idea of good, clear communication skills, with an emphasis on skills evaluated on the USMLE Step 2 CS examination (mostly the ICE and CIS portions).More

How to write a successful abstract
By Angela Blood, U of Chicago
It's that time of year again! With the call for next year's annual meeting abstracts already announced, it's time to think about submitting your work. Each year, as the abstract call is announced, the publications committee likes to remind new and returning ASPE members about some of the fundamental elements of a well written abstract. While every venue (professional society, journal or grant) highlights different qualities, and while each type of submission (presentation, workshop, poster, research abstract) is unique, there are some basic tenants that are true for all successful abstracts.More

Abstract annotation: Commentary: Key issues to consider for reviewing and designing simulated patient studies
Annotated by Cate Nicholas, U of Vermont
Steinman, Kenneth J. "Commentary: Key issues to consider for reviewing and designing simulated patient studies." International journal of epidemiology (2014): dyu078.

The commentary, noting the increase of papers published on unannounced SP (USP) programs, provides a brief overview of key issues to consider when reading or designing these types of studies. More

Publications Committee update, November 2014
By Valerie Fulmer, U of Pittsburgh SOM
The Publications (Pubs) Committee has been working hard on our biweekly, electronic newsletter — ASPE eNews. Our goal is to keep ASPE members current on association news and information relevant to what other members are doing. Multiview has been the ASPE newsletter sponsor since June, and we at the Pubs Committee hope that all members have been receiving and enjoying the newly formatted newsletter. More

How to read a resume: Uncovering the context behind the paper
Right Recruiting
Most managers read a resume in-depth and analyze it. They look at every sentence and try to get as much info from it as possible. That makes sense. After all, what manager wants to waste time interviewing someone who can't do their job? However, every word has a context. It is easy to miss the forest for the trees. More

Testing engagement's strength
Talent Management
There is perhaps nothing more elusive to the human resources professional than employee engagement. Employee engagement has never been very high, though the economy as a whole has had its share of booms and busts in the past 14 years, according to Gallup Inc. The research and consulting firm has tracked U.S. employees' discretionary effort since 2000. The highest engagement number Gallup has seen since was 30 percent in 2012. More

Errors drop with improved communication during hospital shift changes
Washington University in St. Louis
Improved communication among healthcare providers during shift changes reduced injuries due to medical errors by 30 percent, according to a federally funded, multicenter study. The research, reported Nov. 6 in The New England Journal of Medicine, involved St. Louis Children's Hospital and eight other academic medical centers in the U.S. and Canada.More

One medical school's ultimate test carries all the chaos of the battlefield
The Washington Post
There are tough final exams. There are grueling final exams. And then there is the test at the nation's medical school for the military, in which students must navigate a simulated overseas deployment culminating in a staged mass-casualty incident with deafening explosions, screaming, smoke gunfire and fake blood everywhere.More

Leaders lacking 'dynamic' skills
Talent Management
A survey by the nonprofit research and benchmarking firm American Productivity & Quality Center found that when business professionals were asked to rate their organizations' leadership skills, most reported disconnects between the level of leadership skills needed for success and the actual skills employees possess. The survey polled 547 business professionals in the summer of 2013, and the research is being rolled out over the course of 2014. Employees are most likely to have so-called "hard" — or technical — skills, the survey showed.More

5 examples of great healthcare management
Harvard Business Review
I may not be in touch with all my emotions, but there is one I know all too well — jealousy, Thomas H. Lee writes. I have worked my entire career in great health systems with fabulous people. And yet, when I go "outside," I constantly see healthcare providers working brilliantly together in innovative ways that I had not even imagined. Here are just five examples of the dozens of innovations out there that make my head and my heart hurt. More

Washington doctors training for Ebola patients
The News Tribune
The first lesson in caring for an Ebola-infected patient: It's hard to hear your fellow medical workers speak when you're wearing full-body protective gear. That point became clear recently to a group of Madigan Army Medical Center doctors and nurses who spent the day running through simulations of how they'd care for an Ebola patient at the hospital south of Tacoma, Washington. They found they had to shout to say anything to their patient, or to each other. More