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    Standardized Patient

    Thank you for your interest in becoming a standardized patient in the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Standardized Patient (SP) Program. This program is designed to help our medical students develop and refine their clinical history taking and physical examination skills.

    Purpose

    Standardized patients are local citizens trained to carry out the role of patients by presenting a medical history, with signs and symptoms of physical conditions or diseases. Standardized patients discuss their symptoms and signs of disease or disorders with students. Through these interviews and /or physical examinations, medical students learn how to communicate with patients in a situation that does not require use of an actual patient.

    Interviews and physical examinations with standardized patients are just a few of the methods for teaching clinical skills and measuring the abilities of medical students and doctors in training. These simulated interactions help students demonstrate, practice, learn, and improve techniques which allow them to derive more accurate diagnosis.

    Cultural Competency

    Standardized patients come from diverse backgrounds and expose students to important cultural issues. Thus, these kinds of interventions may strengthen a student’s identification and understanding of the physical, social, emotional, and cultural impact of illness.

    Responsibility

    Standardized patients are trained to rate the student's interviewing and performance using a checklist of history and physical exam skills specific to each case. Communication skills are assessed and rated as well. In addition, experienced instructors may observe the standardized patient interview and physical exam to evaluate clinical skills and recommend improvements.

    Fee

    Standardized patients are paid an hourly rate for their services.

    Qualifications

    To qualify as a standardized patient, you must meet the following criteria:

    • American citizen and/or have legal status to work in the U.S.
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Available for training on case(s) prior to participation in the program
    • Available to participate in minimum of four (4) taped sessions
    • Dependable and timely for assignments
    • Skills in working with people and/or diverse populations

    Application

    Please print and complete the Standardized Patient Application and fax or e-mail to:

    Bonita Savage, RN, MPH
    Director and Patient Trainer
    Clinical Skills Center
    Morehouse School of Medicine
    Office: (404) 756-5201
    Fax: (404) 756-6708
    Email: bsavage@msm.edu