Standardized Patient Educators (SPE)

SP Educators (SPE) have:

  • a distinguished history of collaboration with academic professionals in many areas, including Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Veterinary Care, Law, government agencies and private enterprise.
  • expertise across a broad and deep scope of activities that includes teaching, educational diagnosis, and curriculum design for programs in which interpersonal communication is a required skill.
  • taken a leadership role at workshops and conferences and in consultations throughout the world.
  • academic appointments at the UofT

Why Use SP Educators?

  • SP educators are uniquely positioned to advance communication skills via theoretically grounded, interactive education programs to support the acquisition, refinement and maintenance of communication skills.
  • communication is explicitly identified in the competency frameworks of many professions. (e.g. CanMEDS roles)
  • failure to communicate effectively underlies the majority of complaints made to governing bodies.


Standardized Patient Educators are frequent invitees to international meetings and conferences. Most often our presentations are interactive and include a variety of media and learning tools. We have conducted presentations, video demonstrations, simulations, workshops and lectures to audiences that include physicians, standardized patient trainers - educators, crown attorneys, pharmacists, psychiatrist, pharmaceutical companies and researchers.

Topics have included but are not exclusive to:

  • Case Writing
  • End of Life Issues
  • Feedback
  • Inter professional Education
  • Organ Donation
  • Palliative Care
  • Standardization for National Licensure
  • Training Techniques
  • Trends in Standard Patient Methodology
  • Using Standardized Patients in Psychiatry
  • Working with Standardized Patients