Standardized Patient Program

Specializing in Experiential Learning

The Standardized Patient Program, in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, continues its long history of providing simulation services to support the teaching and assessment needs of the MD Program, Temerty Faculty of Medicine departments, its hospital partners, other Faculties at the University of Toronto and community partners. We collaborate with a diverse group of clients from other University of Toronto faculties, hospitals, and community-based programs, licencing bodies, and researchers. While our primary goal is to support medical students, we build experienced teams for your experimental learning projects, workshops, OSCEs, and licensing exams. 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 simulations to your learning environment.

The SPP objectives include an Educational component - understanding communication as a core clinical skill and a gap for many practitioners; Societal - where patients’ satisfaction, and expectations of physicians are linked by effective communication and interpersonal skills; and Practical - through experiential learning whereby learners engage in live simulation to develop and hone valuable communication skills in a safe and secure setting.

What differentiates the SPP from other organizations is the breadth of knowledge, skill, competence, and experience of our standardized patients, many of whom have worked with the program for over 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 better reflecting patient populations. Our work as an educational resource, through dissemination of knowledge of live simulation methodologies is shared with our clients through teaching, facilitation and feedback in a wide range of projects in health education, assessment and beyond. 


Marta Wilejto, BSc. MD FRCPC
Clinical Associate
Division of Haematology/Oncology
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto