What is the Standardized Patient Program?
The Standardized Patient Program is a state-of-the-art training and assessment center that provides opportunities for medical students to learn and practice professional behaviors and clinical skills and to demonstrate their competencies in a simulated clinical setting.
A standardized patient (SP) is a layperson trained to portray an actual patient, presenting a faculty-defined clinical scenario with patient history and physical symptoms, for teaching and assessment purposes.
SPs can measure application of clinical knowledge during student encounter that include:
A standardized patient teaching associate (SPTA) is a person who acts as both instructor and patient, utilizing his or her own body to instruct and evaluate students in the techniques of the head-to-toe physical exam. Using SPTAs creates a non-threatening, standardized, positive encounter that prepares students for future examinations of actual patients.
An SPTA can teach:
We also have Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs) that teach and evaluate students in the techniques of the female breast, pelvic, and rectal exams, and male urological teaching associates (MUTAs) that teach and evaluate students in the techniques of the male genital, rectal, and prostate exams.