Member News – November/December 2012

By Angela Blood

Congratulations to Jennie Struijk and her colleagues at The University of Washington! Jennie has been collaborating with members of the Department of Pathology at The University of Washington, and their team recently presented a poster at the American Society for Clinical Pathology annual meeting. They won Best Educational Poster amongst several finalists!

Title: Improved pathology resident performance in critical value communication using simulation based communication training.
Authors: Mehri, S., Luff, D., Struijk, J., Raab, S., Dintzis, SM. – University of Washington Medicine
Presented: American Society for Clinical Pathology Annual Meeting, Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2012 in Boston, MA, USA
Awarded: Best Education – Education Best Practices (Poster)


The first ever European course for SP-educators about how to use simulated and standardized patients in curriculum is now available!

ASPE members Karen Szauter, Gayle Gliva-McConvey, and Jan-Joost Rethans have initiated collaboration between ASPE and Maastricht University School of Health Professions Education to facilitate this new program.   All three of the instructors for this course are current international leaders in the field of SP methodology and maintain leading Board positions of ASPE.

This course offers a wonderful example of international collaboration and inclusion that the mission of ASPE strives for. The course will cover the theory behind the use of simulation and simulated patients, but will also have a very practical focus – participants will be able to bring their own SP cases to work on during the program sessions.

The application deadline for the course is March 1, 2013, and course dates are offered from April 24-26, 2013. More information can be found at:

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