Standardized Patients


The University of Washington Standardized Patient Program recruits, trains, and supervises a pool of experienced role-players, or "Standardized Patients" (SPs), and assists with all related curriculum development and course and examination design.

Standardized Patients supplement, rather than replace, real patients. They are specifically trained to present the medical history, simulate the physical symptoms, and portray the emotions of the original patient upon whom their case was based. SPs are also trained to give students immediate, one-to-one rating and feedback on their performance.

The UW SP Program is always available to assist with planning and presenting instructional programs, assessments and research studies involving SPs and other types of clinical simulation. [Learn more about using SPs.]

Currently we administer and develop SP projects and exams at the University of Washington for Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Years I and II, School of Medicine Objective-Structured Clinical Examination Year II and Year IV, School of Medicine Chronic Care clerkship, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant program, Nursing graduate and Schools of Pharmacy and Social Work undergraduate courses. And, we are involved in a number of research continuing education programs in the larger education and health care community.

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