Standardized patient simulation involves the use of individuals trained to portray the roles of patients, family members or others to allow students the opportunity to develop, practice and enhance their medical interviewing skills, communication skills, physical exam, and history taking techniques. Students participate in multiple standardized patient exercises throughout their medical education.

Using a creative and innovative approach, a Standardized Patient (SP) is a person carefully recruited and vigorously trained on assigned cases to take on the characteristics of a real patient. Granting the student an opportunity to learn and be evaluated on clinical skills in a simulated clinical environment.

SPP staff work with faculty content experts to design and develop cases and evaluation instruments to teach or test communication, physical exam, and clinical reasoning skills. Additionally, staff assists with the remediation process by working with students to address case-specific knowledge deficits.

Working as an SP provides a unique opportunity to be involved in shaping the medical education of tomorrow’s physicians and health professionals.

For additional information please see our Standardized Patient FAQs