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Nicholas Named Outstanding Standardized Patient Educator

Cate Nicholas, Ed.D., M.S., P.A.
UVM Director of Clinical Skills Education and the Standardized Patient Program Cate Nicholas, Ed.D., M.S., P.A., was named the 2011 Outstanding Standardized Patient Educator by the Association of Standardized Patient Educators at the organization's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in June. (Photo: Raj Chawla/UVM Medical Photography)

The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) named Cate Nicholas, Ed.D., M.S., P.A., director of clinical skills education and the Standardized Patient Program at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the 2011 Outstanding Standardized Patient Educator of the Year at the organization’s annual conference, held in Nashville, Tenn.

ASPE is the international organization for professionals in the field of simulated and standardized patient (SP) methodology. The ASPE Educator award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of SP education and are recognized as leaders within their own institutions, the SP community and by national and international organizations.  In particular, Nicholas was recognized for her capacity to convince and stimulate others to work together to further the goals of ASPE, and for her sense of humor and sense of purpose, which has helped build a strong foundation for the organization.

Nicholas, who also serves as director of operations for the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Heath Care Clinical Simulation Laboratory and is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, joined the UVM faculty in 1995. In her role as director of clinical skills education and the Standardized Patient Program, she collaborates with course and clerkship directors at the College of Medicine, and residency and fellowship directors at Fletcher Allen to design and implement competency-based learning and assessment activities for their programs and their learners. She also works with the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences and has worked with community partners for continuing medical education venues. Cate earned her M.S. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Vermont and is an alumna of  the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation’s Institute for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Simulation Instructor Course and the Graduate Course. She currently serves as chair of the grants and research committee of the board of directors of ASPE. In addition, she maintains a women’s health care practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal pap smears.

For more information about ASPE, visit http://www.aspeducators.org/