Clinical Skills Center Program Advantages as a Teaching and Assessment Tool

Simulated patient methodology has been established as a valid, reliable and practical method of teaching and evaluating medical students. A properly trained simulated patient can serve as a patient, teacher and evaluator, allowing our future healthcare providers the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on specific skills related to patient interviewing, physical examinations and issues of professionalism.

The use of simulated patients allows medical students and faculty to experience:

  • Hands-on teaching, patient interaction, examination practice, and assessment of their clinical, professional and communication skills in an authentic examination scenario
  • Immediate feedback
  • Patient-centered interviewing techniques
  • Patient diversity and cultural differences
  • Multiple diseases
  • Visual monitoring through video taping and/or web-streaming
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Professionalism issues

The Clinical Skills Center provides opportunities for instruction and assessment in the following areas:

  • History-gathering process
  • Physical examination
  • Diagnosis
  • Patient feedback
  • Development of a patient management plan

This complex instruction module takes place in a safe and non-threatening environment. Simulated patients are also used for training tapes, small group discussions and lecture demonstrations.

These two documents are provided for faculty and staff interested in learning more about how simulated patients enhance education:

General Information Regarding SPs in Medical Education

Questions & Concerns Regarding Standardized Patient Assessment