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The ASPE Standards of Practice are Live!

The ASPE Standards of Practice are Live!
By: Karen Lewis, Standards of Practice Committee Chair

If you attended the ASPE Annual Conference, you know there was a lot of excitement about the announcement that the ASPE Standards of Best Practice (SOBP) were about to be published. The Standards of Practice Committee is thrilled to announce that the standards are now live at the Advances in Simulation website. You can read them athttp://rdcu.be/tJGc.

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Media Article: How Anesthesia Resident Fare When Breaking Bad News to a Patient – 4 study insights

Media Article: How Anesthesia Resident Fare When Breaking Bad News to a Patient – 4 study insights
Commentary by: Eric Oliver
Submitted by: Valerie Fulmer, University of Pittsburgh

A study published in BMC Anesthesiology examined how anesthesiology residents break bad news in relation to critical incidents.YandaYazbeckKaram, MD, of the Lebanon-based Lebanese American University School of Medicine, and colleagues studied how anesthesiology residents broke bad news to patients through a simulator and through role-play situations.

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Media Article: Improving Surgeon-Patient Communication About High-Risk Surgery

Media Article: Improving Surgeon-Patient Communication About High-Risk Surgery
Commentary by: Betty Ferrell
Submitted by: Valerie Fulmer, University of Pittsburgh

Best Case/Worst Case Communication - This novel project targets an important yet difficult clinical scenario: counseling patients facing high-risk surgery. To improve surgeon-patient communication in these situations, Kruser and colleagues developed a training program based on a "best case/worst case" (BC/WC) communication tool.

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SP Video: Why Hospitals Hire People to Fake Being Sick

SP Video: Why Hospitals Hire People to Fake Being Sick
Submitted by: Marlena Dater, C3NY

This video was originally featured on seeker.com, which is a Discovery Channel website. The video about how medicine is taught by employing professional actors to act as sick patients in hospitals was part of an episode of their “Seeker Stories” web series about interesting and unheard-of stories. The video can serve as an introduction or as part of orientation to what SPs do. Watch the full video on YouTube here.

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Research Article: Applying lessons from social psychology to transform the culture of error disclosure

Research Article: Applying lessons from social psychology to transform the culture of error disclosure
Lead author: Jason Han
Submitted by: Kris Slawinski, Publications Committee

This article is a must-read for simulationists planning events revolving around patient safety issues. The authors focus on the psychological aspects of the healthcare provider at the center of a medical error, instead of the mechanics of the error. Realistic simulations should provoke learners to experience the “counterproductive thought patterns” that plague those who have been through such an actual event with a negative outcome, so that they can learn the coping mechanism before such a thing actually happens to them.

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Nita Skillman receives Emerging Leader Award

Nita Skillman receives Emerging Leader Award
Submitted by: Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

ASPE member and Educational Resources Committee member Nita Skillman is the Client and Simulated Patient Coordinator for the School of Health Sciences at Elon University, NC. As reported on the Elon University website on June 9, 2017, Skillman was honored with the Emerging Leader Award at the ASPE Conference in Alexandria, VA. Congratulations to Nita! Read the full article here.

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Research Article: Patient safety attitudes of pharmacy students in an Ethiopian university: a cross-sectional study

Research Article: Patient safety attitudes of pharmacy students in an Ethiopian university: a cross-sectional study
Lead author: Tamrat Befekadu
Submitted by: Kris Slawinski, Publications Committee

Results of a survey completed by pharmacy students studying in Ethiopia revealed interesting attitudes about patient safety issues. The survey contained 21 items rated using a four-point Likert scale. One important conclusion arrived at by the authors is that a “standardized patient safety course should be considered …in the curriculum.” Read the full article in the Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety journal here.

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ASPE member Stephen Charles awarded AAMC fellowship

ASPE member Stephen Charles awarded AAMC fellowship
Submitted by: Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

ASPE member and Chair of the Educational Resources Committee Stephen Charles is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education Outcomes and Assessment at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. As reported in The Daily Reflector on March 27. 2017, Stephen was recently named a Leadership Education and Development Fellow by the Southern Group of Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Congratulations to Stephen! Read the full article here.


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ASPE Conference 2017 By the Numbers

ASPE Conference 2017 By the Numbers
By: Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

The annual ASPE Conference, “Building a Global Network to Expand Ideas and Knowledge,” will be held in Alexandria, VA, from Saturday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 7. In case you’re worried that you might have too much down time, we have totaled some numbers to demonstrate the diversity in program offerings.

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Research Article: Effects of Communication Skills Training (CST) Based on SPIKES for Insurance-Covered Pharmacy Pharmacists to Interact with Simulated Cancer Patients

Research Article: Effects of Communication Skills Training (CST) Based on SPIKES for Insurance-Covered Pharmacy Pharmacists to Interact with Simulated Cancer Patients
Lead Author: Manako Hanya
Submitted By: Kerensa Peterson, Publications Committee

What happens to patients whose typical course of treatment moves outside a doctor’s office or hospital and into the local pharmacy? Cancer patients have had treatment shifted from surgical hospital to outpatient services. A group of researchers in Japan recognized these patients were seeing their pharmacist more than their doctors after their cancer diagnosis because of the advancements in pharmaceutical treatment. It is understandable that pharmacists then bore a greater burden of educating patients about their treatment while also dealing with the psychological aspects of a cancer diagnosis.

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Spotlight on Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Spotlight on Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
By: SIG Chairs
Compiled and submitted by: Todd Lash

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are groups that work to strengthen the relationships, awareness, knowledge and skills specific to a particular aspect of SP practice. ASPE currently has four SIGs (GTA/MUTA, Hybrid, Interprofessional Education, and SPs Beyond Healthcare) that are all housed with the Educational Content Committee. In general all SIGs serve the following purposes:

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Conference Announcement: ASPiH Conference November 6 – 8, Telford International Centre

Conference Announcement: ASPiH Conference November 6 – 8, Telford International Centre
Submitted By: Gemma Bell

The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) conference is aimed at all health professionals who want to learn more about or develop their simulated practice. It's an opportunity to share experiences, innovations and the evidence base for simulation in education and training. If you work in the field of simulation, whether in clinical practice across all disciplines, university or the commercial sector, then this is the conference for you.

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Research Article: SBIRT Training in Social Work Education: Evaluating Change Using Standardized Patient Simulation

Research Article: SBIRT Training in Social Work Education: Evaluating Change Using Standardized Patient Simulation
Lead Author: Paul Sacco
Submitted By:Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

A group at the University of Maryland published a study in the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions looking at the effectiveness of using standardized patients to teach alcohol misuse intervention skills, such as screening, brief intervention, and referral for treatment, to Masters in Social Work learners. Few studies have been published regarding the use of SPs in social work education, and this study reported evidence of increased use of the alcohol misuse intervention skills in practice after training. Read the full article here.

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Media Article: I’ve seen over 8000 medical professionals – here’s what I’ve learned

Media Article: I’ve seen over 8000 medical professionals – here’s what I’ve learned
By: Esther Covington
Submitted By:Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

Today, I am a 40-year old with type 2 diabetes. I have been on glyburide since I was diagnosed four years ago and am otherwise healthy, although my blood pressure today is 140/96. I don’t check my glucose levels at home because I don’t have a monitor. Typically, I avoid sweets, but my diet is high in natural sugars, carbohydrates and starches. The only exercise I get is walking around on the floor of my retail sales job. My diabetic mother died of kidney failure, and I don’t want that to happen to me, which is why I’m seeing my doctor today.Read the full article here.

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Looking forward to the 2017 ASPE Conference, Alexandria, VA

Looking forward to the 2017 ASPE Conference, Alexandria, VA
By Val Fulmer, ASPE President-elect

ASPE Board of Directors President-elect Valerie Fulmer is the Director of the Standardized Patient Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In preparation for the 2017 ASPE Conference, “Building a Global Network to Expand Ideas and Knowledge,” in Alexandria, VA, Val shared some thoughts about what she is looking forward to at the conference:

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Introducing the ASPE eNews Blog

Introducing the ASPE eNews Blog
By Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

The ASPE Board of Directors and the Publications Committee are pleased to announce the launch of the new ASPE eNews Blog on the ASPE website. The new blog will serve as the repository and archive of all materials historically delivered to ASPE members through the newsletters, as well as all future materials.

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