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Standardized Patient Program

What is the WFSM Standardized Patient Program?

A Standardized Patient (SP), sometimes referred to as a "simulated patient," or "patient actor," is a person who has been trained to accurately and consistently portray an actual patient by presenting a medical history with signs and symptoms of physical conditions or diseases.  The diseases may be simple (e.g., annual physical), or rather complex (e.g., terminally ill patient).

Through such interviews and/or physical examinations of SP's, and in a controlled and safe environment, students are provided with a unique opportunity to practice and perfect effective interpersonal skills and communicate with patients, while simultaneously honing their clinical skills, such as physical exam maneuvers and the ability to establish a differential diagnosis.  The Standardized Patient Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine prepares medical students to develop a rapport with their patients, assemble a precise patient history, improve their physical examination techniques and gain experience counseling patients in a variety of circumstances. 

Standardized patients are trained to provide constructive feedback to students about their communication skills from a patient's point-of-view, while faculty focuses on the student's clinical skills.  Thus, the Standardized Patient Program was developed to teach and evaluate skills that will enable students to become successful clinicians.

If you are interested in becoming an SP, please contact Kendall Freeman, Program Manager Standardized Patients at for an application.

Thank you for your interested in the Wake Forest School of Medicine Standardized Patient Program!

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