The Standardized Patient Program is dedicated to providing health professionals and students with the hands-on education and skills training necessary to foster more humanistic, patient-centered care.
The program utilizes trained individuals, known as Standardized Patients, to portray the roles of patients, family members or others to allow professionals and students to practice physical exam skills, history taking skills, communication skills and other exercises. Typically, the simulations take place in the Clinical Skills Suite inside the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
April Brown, RN, BSN
Clinical Skills Director
What is a Standardized Patient?
A Standardized Patient (SP) is someone who has been trained to accurately and consistently portray the personal history, physical findings and personality traits of an individual patient at a given point in time. A Standardized Patient looks and acts like an actual patient.
If you think you might be interested in becoming a Standardized Patient, follow the link below for additional information.
The Standardized Patient Program is located within the Clinical Skills Suite, which is on the second floor of the USC School of Medicine Greenville and features:
- 8.500 square feet
- 14 exam rooms
- Monitoring room
- 2 classrooms
- SP Training Area
The Clinical Skills Suite serves as a fully-equipped environment for both healthcare learners/professionals and Standardized Patients.
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