August 7, 2020By Lance Baily

Next Week: 2020 ASPE Standardized Patient Educators Virtual Conference

The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) is a global organization focused on human simulation via Standardized Patients, aka Simulated Patients. The organization serves as a virtual community for connection to the field of medical simulation. Next week is their annual conference event which has “gone virtual” due to COVID19, so here today we are showcasing some of the unique benefits of the ASPE 2020 Virtual Conference as well as some of their key membership benefits! And yes — there is still time to register!

As the international organization of simulation educators, the Association of Standardized Patient Educators is also dedicated to promoting best practices in the application of SP methodology for education, assessment and research. The organization’s added purpose includes fostering the dissemination of research and scholarship in the field of SP methodology, and working to advance the professional knowledge and skills of its members.

In transforming professional performance through the power of human interaction, ASPE members serve as a great resource and are always ready to help others with SP training, curriculum and program development and center creation. Encouraged to share their expertise and experience regarding anything related to SP methodology, members all around the world provide strength and insight to the association. The organization also has a robust Resource Mentor / Mentee program developed to provide a mutually collaborative and professional relationship for proactive growth and learning. The mentor can provide inspiration, guidance and support for the mentee by sharing his/her experience and acting as a resource for up to a 12-month period.


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As well, the simulated patient organization has membership benefits which enable SPE’s to connect with an international multi-professional community committed to excellence in the application of human simulation & SP Methodology, develop leadership skills and professional growth through membership in committees and special interest groups (SIGs), and advance the professional knowledge and skills of members by applying for an ASPE Research Grant.

Regarding the Coronavirus, see ASPE’s COVID-19 Distance and Telehealth Teaching Resources and members can access their previously recorded webinar presentations here.

ASPE 2020 Virtual Conference

The 2020 ASPE Virtual Conference provides a space where a community of simulation educators, researchers, creators, and practitioners can share their practice of turning visions into reality through human simulation. The ASPE Conference Committee has created a conference to engage, showcase creative works, stimulate professional development, and provide on-going opportunities to network and collaborate. The conference will take place August 12 – 14, 2020 and provide these benefits:


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  • Connect with other educators, trainers and administrators from 30 different countries in a professional learning environment
  • Explore the ASPE Standards of Best Practice and SP methodology
  • Discover innovative ways to include new ideas into your own practice
  • Experience the latest in Human Simulation technology with our sponsors

ASPE will provide a mix of pre-recorded and live sessions. Live sessions will also be recorded and saved to the ASPE Virtual Platform. You must register for the conference in order to receive access to the ASPE Virtual Platform. Sessions cover a wide range of categories including SP Educator Development, Curricular Programming, Administration, Posters, Advancing Your Simulated Patients, GTA/MUTA and more, with session titles include:

  • Setting Boundaries: What SP’s Should Not Say at Work or Post on Social Media
  • Practicing What We Preach: Utilizing Learner-centered Feedback Techniques in Interoffice Communication
  • Standardized Patient Contributions to an Institutional Focus on Professionalism
  • Leveraging Self-Directed E-Learning Tools for Simulated Patient Training and Evaluation
  • Super Charging Simulated Patient Educator Professional Development with Longitudinal E-Learning
  • Creating a Standardized Client Role with Diverse Emotional Range
  • Walking the Walk of Psychological Safety: Making the Arguments for Not Using Senior Trainees, Faculty, or Staff as SPs
  • Subtraction Equals Addition: The Hidden Benefits of Doing More with Less
  • End of Life is Killing Me! How to Help SPs Survive EOL Cases
  • And many more!

Plenary speakers include:

  • John Chenault, MSLIS: John Chenault is an Associate Professor at the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library at the University of Louisville (UofL), and an instructor in Pan African Studies in UofL’s College of Arts & Sciences. He researches issues of medicine and race, and the role of slavery in the development of medical science. He also is a playwright and composer who has received commissions from the John F. Kennedy Center, the American Composers Forum, and other arts organizations.
  • Gabriel Reedy, PhD: Dr. Reedy is a Reader in Clinical Education in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London, where he directs the Masters in Clinical Education. He holds a PhD in Cognitive and Educational Psychology from the University of Washington. He is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and is on the Scientific Committee of the Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM). His research focuses on how healthcare professionals learn and work together, and especially how simulated environments can be used for learning, teaching, and assessment.

Learn More and Register for the ASPE 2020 Event Here!


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