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Standardized Patient Program

What is a Standardized Patient?


A Standardized Patient (SP) is a real person role-playing a real clinical situation to help medical students learn and/or evaluate clinical skills.

Standardized Patients are people from the community who have indicated an interest and are accepted based on their communication skills.

An SP must be able to:

  • Portray a patient case scenario
  • Observe the medical student's behavior
  • Recall the encounter and complete a checklist
  • Provide feedback to the student

Our SPs are a supportive group who enjoy what they do because they know it’s important to both medical professionals and patients. SPs feel proud of their contribution to medical education.