The Standardized Patient (SP) Program is integral to UHSA’s Medical Education. It gives medical 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 various symptoms and illnesses.
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 provide detailed feedback to each student, improving each future clinician’s ability to provide the 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.