About Our Program
A standardized patient is someone who has been trained to portray, in a consistent, standardized manner, a patient in a complex medical scenario. The standardized patient role-plays a clinical situation to help students learn or evaluate clinical skills.
Standardized patients are people from the community who have indicated an interest in helping to shape future medical professionals.
A standardized patient must be able to:
- Have the ability to realistically role play a variety of patient "cases"
- Observe the medical student's behavior
- Have the motivation to help learners develop interviewing techniques and interpersonal skills
- 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. If you have an interest in becoming a Standardized Patient, please email our SP Program coordinator, Kelli Strom.