Standardized Patient Program
Standardized Patients (SP) and Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTA) are members of our community. SP's are trained to portray patients in complex scenarios to provide experiences in communication, diagnosis, and physical examination skills. The objective of the GTA program is to teach learners how to conduct the breast and pelvic exam in a safe, comfortable, thorough, and respectful patient‐centered manner. Our SP's and GTA's make a difference in health care education with each encounter.
What is a Standardized Patient?
A Standardized Patient 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.
A Standardized Patient 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 SP's are a supportive group who enjoy what they do because they know it’s important to both medical professionals and patients. SP's feel proud of their contribution to medical education.