The Standardized Patient (SP) Program is dedicated to providing health professions students with the opportunity to become more compassionate communicators and influential members of the health care community.
Standardized Patient Training
SPs are trained to mimic a real patient. SPs are interviewed by students as though they were a person in the hospital, doctor’s office/clinical or community setting, providing patient history and simulating their physical symptoms such as pain or difficulty walking.
These patients can be carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation can not be detected by a skilled clinician.
The SP is trained to present not just history of a patient but also the body language, emotions, personality, and physical findings.