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Standardized Patient Educators award presented to Margaret Liu2 min read

September 19, 2019

Standardized Patient Educators award presented to Margaret Liu2 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept 19, 2019 – A School of Dentistry assistant program director has received an international award for her work in the field of standardized patient instructor (SPI) education.

Margaret Liu

Margaret Liu, PhD, MBA, received the Emerging Leader Award from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) at its annual conference in Orlando in June. ASPE is a global organization for educators focused on human simulation to promote student learning in the health science fields.

The award recognizes a rising educator who has less than seven years in working with standardized patient methodology, has made significant contributions at the ASPE community and is recognized as an up-and-coming leader in the profession.

Liu has been assistant director for the school’s standardized patient instruction program for the last seven years. The program provides opportunities for dental students to experience simulated, clinically-relevant patient encounters with people trained to portray patients in realistic ways. The focus of these encounters is to provide learning opportunities for student to develop sound communication skills with appropriate clinical competency during their patient encounters. Students participate in SPI interactions throughout their four years in the dental predoctoral program and develop patient interaction skills, including listening, interviewing, treatment plan negotiation, and other patient-centered care aspects.

Liu’s involvement with ASPE dates to 2013. Earlier this year she became the first representative of the dental school selected to join the organization’s board of directors. The ASPE community includes members from different countries and different health professions including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and osteopathic medicine.

“I feel very humbled and blessed to receive this recognition,” Liu said.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.