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2021 ASPE Awards Ceremony

Submitted by: Mary Launder, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2021 ASPE Conference. What a special conference this year, it had so much depth and heart! One way this depth of extraordinary work and contributions given to the ASPE community are highlighted is through the annual awards presented to those outstanding members who serve the ASPE community. Eligible ASPE members are nominated by colleagues and coworkers and the nomination committees hold a standard fair and inclusive process. The awards ceremony started with the ASPE Emerging Leader Award which recognizes an ASPE member who has “worked in human simulation for less than seven years, made significant contributions at the ASPE conference and ASPE committees, and [are] recognized as up-and-coming leaders in the profession.” The award was presented to Cory Krebsbach.

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Plenary Speaker Grace E. Henry, EdD – Moving Beyond Bias

By: John-Michael Maury, UC-San Diego – School of Medicine

ASPE Virtual Conference 2021 attendees were honored to receive the wisdom from opening plenary speaker Grace E. Henry, EdD. Dr. Henry is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) at George Washington University. With over 22 years of higher education experience in the areas of Student Activities, Leadership Development, Freshman Orientation, Greek Life, Judicial Services, Residential Life, Student Organization Risk Management, Diversity and Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Education Dr. Henry presented us all with a vast array of information. We were very fortunate to have this proud native of St. Thomas, USVI share with us her knowledge and experience.

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Closing Plenary: ASPE Past, Present, & Future: 3 Members Perspectives

Submitted by: Dan Brown, Emory University

The closing plenary for ASPE’s 2021 Virtual Conference was a surprise – three of ASPE’s past and present leaders spoke about where ASPE has been, where we are, and where we’re going. Conference Chair Jen Owens introduced the three speakers by talking about what she wanted out of the closing plenary and why it came together the way it did – she wanted to “leave the attendees reflecting on all the sessions they’d seen… to feel challenged by the thoughts of others they’d heard and feel connected to the work and the people that do it… to leave feeling encouraged, that drive to make change happen… to see familiar faces telling their stories.” She identified Mary Cantrell, Gina Shannon, and Carrie Bohnert (all former winners of either ASPE Educator of the Year or Emerging Leader) as the people whose stories she wanted told. So she invited them to speak, and the plenary came together.

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Plenary Speaker: “We Stop for No Storm” by Karen Szauter, MD

Submitted by: Janice Radway, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

One of the highlights at every ASPE Conference is Karen Szauter’s literary review. She presents highlights from research published in the last year in the field of simulation. It’s fast, it’s educational, it’s entertaining – and usually standing room only. At this year’s virtual conference, Ms. Szauter presented “We Stop for No Storm”, a title inspired by a telegram from the year 1900 during a storm at the University of Texas in Galveston. She has been presenting this session since 2011, and this year is scheduled to be her last.

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ASPE Annual Conference Poster Winners

ASPE Annual Conference Poster Winners
Submitted by: Todd Lash, The Ohio State University

The ASPE 2020 Annual Conference featured 10 innovation and 6 research poster submissions. Kevin Hobbs announced the winners during the Awards Ceremony on Friday, August 14, 2020. Poster judges included Kerry Knickle, Nancy McNaughton, Karen Szauter, Jane Miller, Cate Nicholas, Temple West, Emma Vic and Jackie Klevan.

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ASPE Virtual Conference Opening Plenary: John Chenault – “Medicine and the Black Body”

By Dan Brown, Emory University

Social Justice was a common theme throughout ASPE’s virtual conference, and Prof. John Chenault set the tone in his opening plenary, with a moving introduction by University of Louisville colleague Carrie Bohnert. In his presentation, Medicine and the Black Body, Chenault began by clarifying the definition of race as an artificial societal construct, and presented the pseudoscience that perpetuated racism, as well as the legal precedents introduced that created a divide and a definition for what level of mixed ancestry legally qualified a person as a “Negro.” He then walked the attendees through the grim history of medicine and its treatment of African slaves and their descendants: many medical advances came at the expense of Black bodies, including unethical cadaver sourcing, experimental surgeries and studies, drug trials, and more. He then connected this painful history to present day health disparities.

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ASPE Outstanding Educator Awards for 2020

By Kerensa Peterson

Every year, our membership recognizes two ASPE members for outstanding achievement within our organization. The first Outstanding Educator of the Year Award was given in 1998. Each year since that time, an SP Educator who has “been involved in human simulation education for more than seven years, [has] made significant contributions to the community, and [is] recognized as a leader within their own institution, the community, and in national and international organizations” has received the award.  This year the award was given to Dr. Tamara L. Owens, Founding Director of the Simulation & Clinical Skills Center at Howard University Health Sciences.

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IMSH 2020 Plenary Speaker: Cary Lohrenz

Submitted by: Janice Radway, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I had the good fortune to attend the 2020 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare conference in San Diego this past January. Not only did I enjoy beautiful San Diego and the warm weather, but I took in a variety of keynote speakers and a number of inspiring workshops and talks.

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ASPE Conference Key Note with Christine Park, the Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics

Submitted by: Kerensa Peterson, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Christine Park began her presentation talking about the things she loves: language, literature and medicine. Although medicine would not become a passion for her until later in her life, words and language filled her childhood. Her passion for words and language were evident throughout the presentation on the Simulation Code of Ethics. She may not have realized as a child how these seemingly disparate passions for medicine and language would translate into the work she embarked upon almost two years ago. However, the group of more than 40 simulation leaders from around the world had lots of discussion around language while crafting this new code of ethics.

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Poster Winners: 2019 ASPE Conference

Submitted by: Michael Maury, UC San Diego

The 2019 poster presentation rounds took place on Sunday, June 9th from 5-6 PM and gave ASPE conference attendees a chance to discover what innovative approaches and research members have completed and/or are currently conducting. This year, there were 37 accepted submissions of which 34 posters were presented. From the field of 34, 2 posters were awarded a prize for Best Poster; one for Innovation & another for Research. During these poster rounds 14 judges were present to evaluate 5-6 posters each. Every poster presented was assessed by at least 2 different judges. Judges were assigned all Research posters or all Innovations posters and they were restricted from assessing posters that may be in a conflict of interest. The panel of judges used criteria based on Glassick criteria for scholarship (Glassick CE et al, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1997) and they strove for objectivity and fairness in their evaluations. If you are interested in becoming a judge at future ASPE Conferences please email Kevin Hobbs at [email protected].

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ASPE Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for 2019

Submitted by: Dyan Colpo, Cleveland Clinic, Simulation and Advanced Skills Center

Melih Elcin, MD, MSc, CHSE, Hacettepe University, Department of Medical Education & Informatics, Receives ASPE Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for 2019

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ASPE Emerging Leader of the Year Award for 2019

Submitted by: Dyan Colpo, Cleveland Clinic, Simulation and Advanced Skills Center

Margaret K. Liu, Ph.D., MBA, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Receives ASPE Emerging Leader of the Year Award for 2019

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Recap of the ASPE 2019 Business Meeting

Submitted by: Amber Snyder, M.S., University of Pittsburgh

Gina Shannon welcomed all to a very productive business meeting. Through the meeting, it was clear that ASPE is staying very busy. This brief overview will highlight key moments from the meeting.

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ASPE Conference Saturday Plenary: Dr. Amitai Ziv

Submitted by: Dan Brown, Emory University

On Saturday of the 2019 ASPE Conference in Orlando, attendees had the pleasure of hearing a plenary by Dr. Amitai Ziv of the Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Dr. Ziv was introduced by Gail Furman as this year’s Howard Barrows Invited Presenter. He has worked across the world, including Israel, Palestine, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, and the US. In addition to his medical accolades, he is a former pilot of the Israeli Air Force.

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2019 ASPE Annual Conference Opening Plenary: Happenstance – How Career Trajectory is Influenced by Unplanned Situations

Submitted by: Janice Radway, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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ASPE Conference 2019 By the Numbers

By: Todd Lash, Publications Committee Chair

The annual ASPE Conference, “Small World, Big Ideas,” will be held in Orlando, FL, from Friday, June 7 – Tuesday, June 11. Each year we like to summarize some numbers to demonstrate the diversity in program offerings.

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Sir Ken Robinson at IMSH 2019

Sir Ken Robinson at IMSH 2019
Submitted by: Janice Radway, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I had the privilege of attending my first International Meeting on Simulation of Healthcare, or IMSH, presented by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. Aside from ambling along the riverwalk in sunny San Antonio, the highlight of the conference for me was The Lou Oberndorf Lecture on Innovation and Healthcare Simulation presented by Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken is an educator, writer, researcher, adviser and speaker; also known as the Grandfather of the TED Talk. Indeed, he is the most watched speaker in TED’s history. His 2006 talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” has been viewed online over 40 million times and seen by an estimated 350 million people in 160 countries. He was also the most humorous speaker; I believe he has another career in stand-up comedy. He introduced himself by saying, “I don’t have a background in medicine or tech…so perhaps you have the wrong keynote speaker.” His background however, is incredibly impressive.
Sir Ken highlighted the connection between innovation and education. He emphasized the importance of play for children and adults. Children are now averaging 7 hours a day of screen time, which has replaced their time to run around outside and simply play using their imaginations. Creativity and imagination are what fuels innovation, and we will need that to support our ever-growing population (a staggering 7.5 billion). He made connections between this need for innovation and aspects of simulation: using the theatre (in which he also has a background) as a place to exercise role-play; using virtual reality to reinforce the concept that we live in our perceptions; designing tools to extend our reach, like simulation technology. Above all, he urges us not to lose the human connection in simulation – a concept with which we SP Educators can agree.

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Conference: ASPE Town Hall Report

Conference: ASPE Town Hall Report
By: Valerie Fulmer, President, ASPE

The June ASPE conference in Kansas City was a rewarding time to connect with many ASPE members in person; however, I realize that it probably feels like a distant memory at this point. Many members were not able to attend, which may leave some feeling “out of the loop.” Let us start with some conversations the membership had with the executive committee (EC) during a “Town Hall” meeting at the conference. 

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Conference: A Recap of SP Day

Conference: A Recap of SP Day
By: Dan Brown, Emory University School of Medicine

Saturday, June 16, 2018 was ASPE’s annual SP day, and participation was at a record high. 45 SPs signed up for the full day of speakers and activities. There were 11 breakout sessions, a plenary speaker, and several other activities.

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Conference: Dr. Kim Edward LeBlanc’s Plenary Address to ASPE: Do We Need Clinical Skills Assessment?

Conference: Dr. Kim Edward LeBlanc’s Plenary Address to ASPE: Do We Need Clinical Skills Assessment?
By: Michael Maury, UC-San Diego

Tuesday’s ASPE plenary address was delivered by Dr. Kim Edward LeBlanc. Dr. LeBlanc is the Executive Director of the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC). CSEC creates and administers the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination. He is a family physician with a certification in Sports Medicine, previously served on the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners for nearly 14 years, and was Professor and Head of the Department of Family Medicine at the LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans for 11 years.

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