University of Louisville Standardized Patient Program
The Standardized Patient (SP) Program is an integral part of the Alumni Center for Medical Education. It gives medical, nursing and dental students the real-life experience necessary to become better diagnosticians, communicators and healers. The SP Program employs highly trained educators to portray patients with a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. Beginning in the first year of medical school, these standardized patients teach students to perform a complete physical examination, take a medical history and effectively communicate with an extensive and diverse population. Faculty preceptors and standardized patients themselves provide detailed feedback to each student, thereby improving each future clinician's ability to provide the very best health care. By interacting with standardized patients before their clinical rotations begin, UofL health sciences students are more confident and knowledgeable when faced with their first clinical experiences.