Fourth International Clinical Skills Conference

Prato, Tuscany 22 - 25 May 2011

Keynote Speakers


Professor Tara Fenwick

Professor of Professional Education at the School of Education, University of Stirling, Scotland

Tara Fenwick is Professor of Professional Education at the School of Education, University of Stirling in Scotland. Her current research and teaching focus on professionals’ work, with particular interest in professionals’ knowing-in-practice and changing professionalisms. She is the Director of ProPEL, an international network for research in Professional Practice, Education and Learning based at the University of Stirling . Her most recent books include Actor-Network Theory in Education (Routledge 2010) with Richard Edwards, Knowledge Mobilization and Educational Research: Politics, Languages and Responsibilities (Routledge 2011) with Lesley Farrell, Emerging Approaches in Educational Research: Tracing the Socio-Material with Richard Edwards and Peter Sawchuk, and Educating the Global Workforce (Routledge 2007) with Lesley Farrell.

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Ms Gayle Gliva-McConvey

Director of Theresa A Thomas Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Centre, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA; President of ASPE (Association of Standardized Patient Educators), USA

Gayle Gliva-McConvey has been the Director of Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) since its inception in 1994. For over 39 years she has developed and integrated the Standardized Patient (SP) methodology in clinical skills assessment and training. As Howard Barrows’ first non-physician SP Educator, she directed the first Standardized Patient Program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

She has numerous publications on SPs and has presented at over 150 conferences in North America, Spain, Netherlands, and the West Indies. She has helped develop programs throughout North America, China, Puerto Rico, Moldova and Singapore.

In 1998 she received the first annual award from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) recognizing her contributions in the field of Standardized Patient Educators. She was one of the founding board members of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE). She represented ASPE on the Simulation Inventory Advisory Committee with AAMC and the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). She is presently on the SSH certification committee's executive committee and on the certification test development sub-committee.

In January 2012 she became the President for ASPE.

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Professor Rick Iedema

Research Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Communication, University Technology Sydney, Australia

Rick Iedema (PhD USyd) is Research Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA) and Associate Editor of the journal Health Expectations. His research explores how communication impacts on care organization, quality and safety, and how in situ conduct may realise health care reform. His most recent work focuses on clinical handover, incident disclosure and professional communication around risk and infection control. He has a co-authored book forthcoming with Radcliffe Oxford, titled ‘Innovative approaches to clinical practice improvement’

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Dr Trevor Russell

Associate Professor – Physiotherapy Division, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

Trevor Russell is an Associate Professor in the Division of Physiotherapy within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. He has a PhD in Telerehabilitation and co-directs the Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland. The primary aim of his research is to develop and evaluate the efficacy of telerehabilitation technologies for both clinical service provision and for teaching and learning in the rehabilitation sciences. His research includes cost-benefit analysis and the development best practice guidelines for technology implementation. He is the program coordinator for the Masters of Physiotherapy Studies program at the University of Queensland.

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Professor Michael Wolf

Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern, USA; Founder of the Health Literacy and Learning Program (HeLP)

Dr. Michael Wolf is a Professor of Medicine and serves as Associate Division Chief - Research for General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL USA). As a cognitive-behavioural scientist and health services researcher, he holds joint appointments in Psychiatry, Learning Sciences, and Medical Social Sciences. Dr. Wolf is a widely-published and internationally-recognized expert on health literacy and health promotion, medication safety and adherence, and use of health technologies to support patient education. He is extensively funded by the National Institutes of Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and has served on numerous advisory panels for the Institute of Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeia, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association. In 2010-2011, he served as a J. William Fulbright distinguished faculty fellow in the United Kingdom to promote health literacy and health disparities research. He is the founding director of Northwestern's Health Literacy and Learning Program (HeLP) – a collaboration between the Schools of Medicine and Education to re-design hospitals and healthcare systems to become more effective learning environments.

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Professor Amitai Ziv

Deputy Director of the Sheba Medical Centre at Tel Hashomer, Israel; Founder and Director of MSR - the Israel Centre for Medical Simulation

Professor Amitai Ziv MD, MHA, is Deputy Director of the Sheba Medical Centre at Tel Hashomer, Israel responsible for Patient Safety and Risk Management; he is also founder and Director of MSR - the Israel Centre for Medical Simulation.

Prof. Ziv was a veteran combat pilot and instructor in the Israeli Air-Force. He trained as a Paediatrician in Israel (Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical Centre) with sub-specialties in Adolescent Medicine (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and in Medical Management, and a Masters degree (Tel-Aviv University) in Health Administration.

Prof. Ziv has served as a consultant for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates International Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) programs in Israel, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Italy and the US, and was a member of the CSA Test Development Team in Philadelphia.

Prof. Ziv is a world renowned expert in the field of medical simulation and has been invited to give keynote talks at multiple medical conferences worldwide, as well as Grand Rounds at leading medical institutions including Mayo Clinic, McGill University, Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, Foundation for Medical Education in Japan, Medical Council of Canada, Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Sao Paolo Brazil and many more. He founded the Israel Centre for Medical Simulation to lead a nationwide effort to introduce new standards and innovative approaches to health care training and patient safety education. He is also the recipient of national and international awards including The 2007 Charles Bronfman Award for Humanitarian Action and The 2007 Michener Honorary Diploma of Health Science Award for leadership and commitment to the for Applied health sciences.

Prof. Ziv served on the founding editorial board of the Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He is also past chair of the Credentialing, Accreditation, Technology, and Standards (CATS) committee of the SSH. He also served as a member of two WHO Patient Safety Alliance Expert Working Groups on Medical School Patient Safety Curriculum and on Patient Safety Technology.

Prof. Ziv is a Clinical Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medical Education at the Tel Aviv University Sackler Medical School. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at Mayo Clinic (Medical Education) and at Case Western Reserve University (Paediatrics).

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