The Standardized Patient (SP) Program at Duke University was established in 1991 for testing students in the School of Medicine. Since then, it has grown and evolved into a dynamic program serving the entire university. We have well over 100 actors available and a number of basic scenarios. Each year hundreds of Duke learners are treated to this unique, effective and entertaining instructional method.
What is a Standardized Patient?
A standardized patient is a healthy actor trained to portray a patient. Because adult students learn so well by “doing,” hands-on teaching methods are increasingly popular. To avoid the liabilities of using real patients, most medical schools have turned to simulation. SPs are now often used to teach and test relationship development, interviewing, physical exam, counseling, etc.
Standardized patients are used in teaching and testing situations; individual and group settings; videos and demonstrations. This format is extremely flexible and thus can be useful in a variety of settings.
What is the Clinical Skills Lab?
The Standardized Patient Program is based in the Clinical Skills Lab (CSL) on the 5th Floor of the Trent Semans Center. All rooms are equipped with remote-controlled, pan/tilt/zoom cameras and microphones. A central monitoring room houses the individual monitors and digital recorders. It is possible to utilize the CSL even if you don’t need SPs. For more information, tours or scheduling the CSL, contact the Education Training Coordinator of the Standardized Patient Program.
Kelly Branford is the Education Training Coordinator for the SP Program and Coordinator of the CSL. Her contact information is:
Address: DUMC 3628
Durham, NC 27710
The Clinical Skills Lab is located on the 5th Floor (Simulation Floor) of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center (TSCHE).