Standardized Patient Program
What is the WFSM Standardized
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
If you are interested in becoming an SP, please contact Kendall Freeman, Program Manager Standardized Patients at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Thank you for your interested in
the Wake Forest School of Medicine Standardized Patient Program!