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Tuesday, March 21st 2006

Standardized Patients Around The Town

So flipping through Google I’ve learned that in the early 90s less than two thirds of medical schools used SPs and nowadays its probably approaching 85 – 90%. I’ve also found several interesting links although I expected to find more in the media.

Here’s a University of Michigan student newspaper bit piece:

“You have to be able to give them the story line and improvise,” she says. “You go into that room, and you really become that person. It feels like you’re in a doctor’s office, and you really feel that nervousness.”

The problems and benefits of standardized patients being the main judges of student performance during OSCEs. This is the case with my situation.

These results suggest that SP examiners are acceptable to medical students, SP rate students higher than physicians and, unlike physician scores, SP scores are not related to other measures of competence.

The Association for Standardized Patient Educators.