June 24, 2021By Lance Baily

ASPE 2021 Virtual Conference | June 27-30, 2021

The 2021 Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Annual Conference is a virtual experience that will take place from June 27-30, 2021. The simulation conference is meant to provide a space where a community of healthcare simulation educators, researchers, creators and practitioners can share their practice of turning visions into reality through human simulation. Ultimately, the ASPE Conference Committee created this conference to engage, showcase creative works, stimulate professional development and provide ongoing opportunities to network and collaborate.

During the conference, attendees can expect to connect with other educators, trainers and administrators from 30 different countries in a professional learning environment. They will also be given the opportunity to explore the ASPE Standards of Best Practice and SP methodology. Further, they will discover innovative ways to include new ideas in their own practice and will experience the latest in human simulation technology.

This year’s conference offers 56-plus live sessions, 20 poster presentations, 25 prerecorded snapshot presentations, 18 prerecorded presentations, wellness breaks, and plenty of networking opportunities. Each session will focus on one of the following themes: SP Educator Development, Administration, GTA/MUTA, Curriculum/Case Development, or Advancing SPs. Live sessions will be recorded and available post conference for registered attendees to access. Plus, each night of the conference, ASPE will be hosting an ASPE After Hours event with different activities taking place each evening! After-hours will include the topics below.


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Reading With the Editors and Q&A (June 28, 2021 5:30-7 p.m.): Join editors Gayle Gliva-McConvey, Gliva-McConvey & Associates, Human Simulation in Education, Eastern Virginia Medical School (ret), Virginia Beach, VA; Catherine F. Nicholas, Ed.D., MS, PA, Director of Simulation Education & Operations, Clinical Simulation Laboratory, University of Vermont; and Lou Clark, Ph.D., MFA, Executive Director, M Simulation, Associate Professor, General Division of Medicine, University of Minnesota, for selected readings and a discussion of their recently released ”how to” book, “Implementing Best Practices in Standardized Patient Methodology,” published in Springer’s Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation series.

This volume, the first intentionally framed around the Association of Standardized Patient Educator’s Standard of Best Practices, brings to life best practices of human simulation from case scenario development, training methods, coaching communication skills assessment and feedback, and much more. The text also introduces the Human Simulation Continuum Model, a practical theoretical model for use in selecting the optimal application for your SP curriculum.

Timely topics also encourage readers to consider how to cultivate more diverse, equitable and inclusive SP programs, considerations and challenges of program administration, and the impact of the pivot to human simulation online in the pandemic. Authors ground the volume in the Standardized Patient methodology that has played a major role in health professions learning and assessment since the 1960s. Multiple insights are offered by over thirty co-author collaborators and via embedded interviews with international experts to provide examples illustrating successful strategies.

ASPE After Hours: Film Screening and Q&A (June 29, 2021 6-7:30 p.m.): Join Cathy Smith, Lisa Sokoloff, and Brittany Ellington in this After Hours session for a screening of “…And Action,” a short documentary focused on a remarkable group of SPs at Baycrest, a geriatric health system located in Toronto, Canada. These SPs work in an SP program called SAGE, or Simulation Activities for Gerontological Education. They are mostly adults over the age of 60, and are all volunteers at Baycrest. “… And Action” tells the story of SAGE, primarily through the experiences of these SPs, including during the time of COVID-19. The makers of the documentary, as well as many of the SPs featured in it, will attend and will be available after the screening for a panel discussion and conversation.


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ASPE After Hours: Film Screening and Q&A (June 30, 2021 6:30-7 p.m.): Join Cathy Smith, Lisa Sokoloff, and Brittany Ellington in this After Hours session for a screening of “…And Action,” a short documentary focused on a remarkable group of SPs at Baycrest, a geriatric health system located in Toronto, Canada. These SPs work in an SP program called SAGE, or Simulation Activities for Gerontological Education.

They are mostly adults over the age of 60, and are all volunteers at Baycrest. “ … And Action” tells the story of SAGE, primarily through the experiences of these SPs, including during the time of COVID-19. The makers of the documentary, as well as many of the SPs featured in it, will attend and will be available after the screening for a panel discussion and conversation.

More About ASPE 2021

A virtual exhibit hall will be accessible from the Center for SP Methodology from Monday, June 28 through Wednesday, June 30 at specific times. Attendees can meet with exhibitors during the Virtual Exhibit Hall hours and will have the opportunity to share video or materials through screen share, as well as to chat with attendees. Hours include:



  • Monday, June 28: 3:45-4:45 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 29: 8:15-9 a.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 30: 10-11 a.m. ET

All simulationists and learners from around the world are invited to participate in this virtual simulation conference. However, only individuals who register and attend will receive a Certificate of Attendance to be used for continuing education purposes. To access content and receive credits, individuals must register here.

For those registering for the 2021 ASPE Annual Conference, CEUs will be available. After someone registers online, they will receive a confirmation email verifying their registration. Once they get the confirmation email, they can add the conference to their calendar. Roughly a week prior to the conference, they will receive an email with information on how to log in to the ASPE Center for SP Methodology.

ASPE highly encourages all attendees to utilize the chat feature to ask any questions. All presentation slides and handouts provided will be available for attendees to access. This year’s virtual conference is optimized to be accessed on a desktop or laptop computer using the Google Chrome browser. ASPE does not recommend using a mobile device. However, attendees will have the opportunity to dial in if need be.

More About ASPE

ASPE is the international organization of educators dedicated to human simulation through promoting best practices in the application of SP methodology for education, assessment and research. The organization’s mission is also to foster the dissemination of research and scholarship in the field of SP methodology and to advance the professional knowledge and skills of its members and affiliates. Ultimately, through these goals ASPE hopes to transform professional performance through the power of human interaction.

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