2019 ASPE Annual Conference Opening
Plenary: Happenstance – How Career Trajectory is Influenced by Unplanned
The 2019 ASPE Annual Conference Opening
Plenary was delivered by Dr. Juan Cendan. Dr. Cendan is a Professor of Surgery
and Chairman for Medical Education at University of Central Florida. Dr.
Cendan’s inspiring and personal talk focused on happenstance: how one cannot
always prepare for where one winds up. He stressed that when it comes to career
trajectory, being indecisive can be desirable. We must be open to new
experiences because we cannot predict social or market forces. Most of us use
our prior experience to create our responses to unplanned situations.
Other factors that affect career development are our skills/work habits, certain
innate characteristics, learning experiences and environmental conditions.
Factors that contribute to one’s success are curiosity, persistence,
flexibility, optimism and risk-taking. He referenced the ASPE Standards of Best
Practice (Domain 5, Professional Development) to include that networking,
feedback and self-assessment are key to a successful and fulfilling
Saturday Plenary: Dr. Amitai Ziv
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.
His message for the conference attendees
was that we are going through a revolution in medical education, that testing
the competence of medical students is “embarrassingly recent,” and that there
is still a lot we have to learn from aviation. In this century, there has been
a call for a cultural change and a paradigm shift in medical education. He
posited that simulation without debriefing is worthless, and that the field
generally tends to focus on assessing what’s easy to assess, instead of what’s
important to assess. He expressed his belief in “Training the Nightmare,”
playing off of the “See one, do one, teach one,” learning method, adding “Kill
He then showed a series of video clips of
the ways human simulation is used at the Sheba Medical Center, not just for
medical students and residents, but for all practicing doctors, even (or
especially) those who are teaching the students. He said that this is important
because “students will immediately absorb the bad habits of the centers in
which they’re working,” an observation that got much of the room nodding along
The encounters Dr. Ziv shared supported
the title of the Plenary: Simulation-Based Training Utilizing Standardized
Patients as a Cultural Change Vehicle in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
Education. The scenarios were intensely challenging, “Training the nightmare,”
and often the learner struggled. Dr. Ziv used one of these scenarios to point
out that an error is always an unasked question, and that part of the culture
change was ensuring that in medical environments questions are invited.
Dr. Ziv’s robust use of human simulation
was very impressive and showed where our field can go with greater resources
and buy-in, and with the full impact of the cultural change that is taking
place within the realm of medical education.
Recap of the ASPE 2019 Business Meeting
Recap of the
ASPE 2019 Business Meeting
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
Tonya Thompson, VP of Operations,
highlighted and thanked those on the board and recognized those who completed
their service, including Grace Gephardt and Jen Owens. Rob MacAulay also
rotated off as Chair of the Website and Social Media Committee, but is now back
on as our President Elect. Thank you to all who provide service to ASPE through
work on the board!
Tonya also highlighted some upcoming
urgent bylaw changes on which members will need to vote, with voting ending on
August 2. The first change proposed specifically designating one of the two
Member Liaisons be from a non-North American country. The second change
extended the terms of the VP of Operations and VP of Finance appointments from
a 2-year term to a 3-year term. The third year in the post would allow those in
the positions to stay on for one year in an advisory capacity.
Valerie Fulmer, President, highlighted a
year in review for ASPE. ASPE is focused on building a culture of leadership.
This includes the Board of Directors creating accountability. Some focuses
include the application of a volunteer service agreement for Committee
Membership, transparency of responsibility, creating standard organizational
practices, and rolling committee membership.
Valerie also highlighted that ASPE has
been given seat at the table in discussions about the Simulationist Code of
Ethics. This puts ASPE at the table with international leaders in simulation.
ASPE’s growth and maintenance was
discussed. Highlights included celebrating a 2nd year of owning
a formal listserve which has allowed dissemination of information, advice, and
growth efforts between institutions. Additionally, ASPE has been looking at
overhauling policies and procedures, looking at marketing strategy, financial
reprioritization, and accountable and initiating an overall growth and business
focus. The Standards of Best Practice are also being translated into 3
additional language - an exciting initiative to spread impact internationally.
ASPE also recognized a new membership survey in process and the addition of a
new award to recognize lifetime achievement in SP methodology. The 2019
priority for ASPE was identified as the establishment of a process for the
mobilization of modules.
President Elect Rob MacAulay provided his
vision for his term as president. Rob recognized the responsibility of the
president-elect to contribute to the direction of ASPE and fulfillment of
ASPE’s goals. Rob initiated a call to action for members - ASPE is volunteer
based, and less than 10% of the membership participates on a committee. We
encourage you to join a committee and support the ongoing work of ASPE. This is
a great way to grow professionally, contribute to a growing field of
simulation, and become involved in an incredible community which grows you
personally and professionally.
A big product undertaken by ASPE this
year has been the modules project. Shawn Galin has been identified as the lead
for the project, which is now going to be a committee with representation on
the Board of Directors. There was also acknowledgement of Howard Gregory and
Cory Kresbach for their work getting the modules project started and
transitioning it to its own committee. The project is designed to address the
ever-growing need for ASPE to provide curriculum on SP Methodology. The mission
of the Modules Project is: To guide and evaluate the development of stand-alone
courses or modules for presentation on behalf of ASPE. The project conducted a
call for curriculum developers in 2018, 10 modules were selected and shortened
workshops of the modules were presented at the 2019 ASPE Conference. Members
are encouraged to get involved in the modules project to support the conversion
of the vision of the modules into reality, and obtain professional development
and growth personally and professionally.
ASPE By the Numbers
Net Assets of $550,749 as of April 30, 2019
o 15% in Strategic Initiative
o 38% in Checking
o 44% in Money Markets
o 75% Conference
o 21% Membership
o 2% Bookstore
One of the strongest budgets in ASPE History
Membership is climbing!
31 Countries are represented
o 84% United States
o 6% Canada
o 2% China
Record Attendance at the Conference!
o 425 Total
o 145 First Time
o 13 SP Members
Website and Social Media
3 Social Media Platforms
Don’t forget to check out the ASPE news Blog regularly for
the latest in Simulation research and happenings!
Be on the lookout for:
o Book Café
o Meet the Board of Directors
o Center Spotlight (highlight your center
on the blog by filling out the survey at tiny.cc/ASPECenterSpotlight)
o Monthly Digital Downloads
Three Courses Highlighted
Course #1: SP Educator Basics: 5 workshops
Course #2: SP Educator Basics: 4 workshops
Course #3: Managing a SP Program: 2 workshops
o Courses run 5 times since October 2017
o 98 total course attendees
Courses run 5 times since October 2017
98 total course attendees
31 attendees have completed all 3 courses
ASPE Emerging Leader of the Year Award
In recognition of the outstanding talent within the
Association of Standardized Patient Educators, we annually honor an individual
who has worked with human simulation methodology for fewer than seven years
with the “Emerging Leader of the Year Award.”
To be eligible for the award, the nominee must meet two of
Be an active member of ASPE
Have been involved in SP education/training for less than seven (7) years
made significant contributions to the ASPE community at ASPE conferences
Have made contributions to an ASPE committee
Margaret Liu was presented with the Emerging Leader of the
Year Award at the ASPE annual conference in Orlando, Florida on June 9, 2019.
Margaret has been in her position as Simulated Patient Instructor Program
Director with the University of Michigan since August of 2012. She manages all
aspects of the Dental School Simulated Patient Instructor (SPI) program. This
includes day-to-day operations for 13 program cases, three OSCE exams, budget,
recruitment and training of professional teams, establishing guideline
protocols and assessment tools, and providing leadership on change projects
within the community of the University of Michigan.
Margaret is a servant leader who enjoys bringing out the
best in people and organizations. One of her enjoyments in life is seeing
others grow, achieving beyond expectations. She has been an ASPE Committee
member for more than 5 years and is described as “uncomplaining, humble and
reliable,” and as someone whose “passion for ASPE is evident through the time
and energy given freely” throughout the year to consistently provide ASPE
member benefits that uphold all aspects of the ASPE mission statement. Margaret
is Chair of the Educational Resources Committee. She not only is the
“voice” of ASPE Webinars, she manages all aspects of webinar development and
presentations, providing “consistency, reliability, the ability to solve
problems, and the ability to track down and communicate with content
presenters.” She helps with the Virtual Library, and you may also find her at
the onsite Bookstore at our annual ASPE conferences.
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