Teaching with Standardized Patients

Examining Patient

Standardized Patients (SPs) are used in teaching communication and interpersonal skills among all levels of learners. They are trained to portray a patient, client, staff member, or any role that best suits the educational needs of our clients.

Medical education is enhanced by simulation in small group settings, one on one, lectures and workshops. In a safe and supportive environment, learners can improve their communication techniques, history taking and physical examination skills. Critical to this is the facilitation of feedback and reflection after the simulation exercises. As learners progress, the scenarios become more challenging. 

Having the opportunity to practice cases enriches the experience of both the student and their future patients. 

We can cover a wide range of topics, for example 'taking a sexual history', 'breaking bad news' and 'cross–cultural interviewing'.