Standardized Patient Program

Experts in Experiential Learning

The Standardized Patient Program (SPP) in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine continues its long history of providing simulation services in support of teaching and assessment for the MD Program, its hospital partners, other Faculties at the University of Toronto (e.g. Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Dentistry), as well as a diverse group of external clients, community-based programs, and researchers.

Standardized Patients/Standardized Clients are individuals who simulate the affect and physical/psychological symptoms of a real patient in a reliable and valid manner, thereby affording the learner or candidate an opportunity to learn and/or to be evaluated in a “safe” clinical environment in an objective and consistent manner. SP-based learning incorporates immediate face-to-face, patient-centered feedback, and is a dynamic teaching and learning resource.

The SPP is an Educational Resource bringing expert knowledge in live simulation methodologies to our clients through teaching, facilitation and feedback across a wide range of projects in healthcare education, assessment and beyond. Our focus includes:

  • Education – teaching effective communication as a core clinical skill
  • The Societal – creating a healthy therapeutic alliance between healthcare professionals and patients, linking healthcare professionals’ goals and expectations with patients’ individual and cultural needs
  • The Practical – via experiential learning where learners engage in live simulation to develop and hone valuable communication skills in a safe and secure setting

Our Standardized Patients bring with them a breadth of knowledge, skill, competence, and experience. Many of our SPs have worked with the program for over 10 or 20 years and have simulation experience in every educational sphere. In addition, the diversity of Standardized Patients in our program through our intentional equity, diversity and inclusion practices benefits learners by accurately reflecting patient populations.

It is through conversations with creative educators that the best ideas arise, so we invite you to start the dialogue. We look forward to bringing SP simulations to your learning or assessment environment.