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Standardized Patients

Standardized Patient Program

The Standardized Patient Program is dedicated to establishing competencies in clinical, communication and professional skills for health care providers and learners. It provides educational sessions using Standardized Patients (SP's). The SP's are committed and dedicated to ensure the sessions at ATACS are fulfilling, enriching and enjoyable.

The Program offers:

  • Standardized Cases for teaching and evaluating clinical skills
  • Unique perspective feedback tailored to each student/learner to help train competent doctors
  • Gynecological teaching associates to work with learners
  • The learners ability to foster a positive relationship, gather and provide information, and help the patient make a decision, and provide emotional support during the encounter with their standardized patient
  • Use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to assess clinical and theoretical knowledge with use of standardized patients
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SP Guidelines and Expectations:

  • SP's are employed on a part-time/hourly basis (This status does not allow for benefits)
  • The SP's are selected for events using a combination of criteria
  • Confidentiality is of utmost importance to the Center for ATACS; on-site and off-site
  • Quality of the SP performance is a priority at the Center
  • All training is provided by the Faculty/Trainer(s) at the Center
  • SP's are trained to portray a patient case, to assess/document student performance, to provide individualized feedback on interpersonal skills and professionalism, as well as patient satisfaction
  • Standardized Patients assess a learner using a checklist that is based on behaviors that they observe the learners accomplish during an encounter


  • Claudia Cortez
    Assistant Director - Educational Unit
    915-215-4380 opt. 2
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