The Standardized Patient (SP) Program is an integral part of UHSA’s Medical Education. It gives medical, and nursing students the real-life experience necessary to develop and continuously improve their clinical skills. The SP Program employs highly trained staff to portray patients with a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses.
Beginning in the first year of medical school, these standardized patients teach students to perform a complete physical examination, take a medical history and effectively communicate with an extensive and diverse population.
Faculty preceptors and standardized patients themselves provide detailed feedback to each student, thereby improving each future clinician’s ability to provide the very best healthcare. By interacting with standardized patients before their clinical rotations begin, UHSA health sciences students are more confident and knowledgeable when faced with their first clinical experiences.
The curricular scheme for the Teaching and Assessment of Clinical Skills Program has been divided into two phases throughout the years of study.