"Standardized patients provide a simulated clinical context for first year physician assistant students to apply their newly acquired skills in a lower stakes, safe environment. The students will be learning important communication, physical examination and clinical reasoning skills and then given opportunities to assimilate, practice and demonstrate them in a mock exam room with a community member who has been trained to portray a patient in a medical case."
Brenda Quincy PhD, MPH, PA-C
Academic Coordinator & Associate Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
“Regardless of how good any classroom experience is, it is limited in its ability to convey the reality of patient care for our students. Our clients and standardized patients bring to the education process what no one else can.”
Charity Johansson, P.T. Ph.D., G.C.S.
Professor of Physical Therapy Education
“As an alumni of Elon’s theater program, it’s an honor to be able to utilize my degree to further advance the education of new medical professionals. It’s not just about the performance, but the opportunity to give students experience in the importance of empathy and human connection before they even step into the clinic.”
“It is endlessly interesting to meet the variety of extraordinary people who wish to be caregivers for humankind. To have the opportunity to provide the physicians, nurses, PAs and PTs with clarity about their communication is a gift for both of us. They learn how to talk, touch and trust their patients, and we learn how to enlighten, engage with and perhaps ease the way of our practitioners to be.”
“There’s few things in our education that help better prepare us for real life situations we’re likely to encounter than getting the chance to interact with those outside our class and faculty.”
Francesco Worley '14
“Working with real patients in a nurturing setting has contributed greatly to our educational experience and to the patients’ quality of life.”
Evan Adler ’13
"I feel the use of clients and mock patients in class has been an invaluable experience and has added to my confidence and understanding of the client/clinician relationship. These clients in class have added a great and different learning experience from just book work.”
Jesse Scheidecker '14
“In 2008, my dad was hospitalized for three months before he passed away. During that time, we dealt with health care providers of all sorts: doctors, nurses, physical therapists, technicians, as well as hospital and administrative staff. We worked with people who were wonderful communicators and people who were not so good. I remember many of the best and the worst of those interactions to this day. Through that experience, I came to understand how powerful good communication with a health care professional can be. I now know that effective communication is a learned skill. I've been told by doctors that 50 percent of their job is communication. So if it's that important and such a big part of your job, wouldn't you want to practice so you can get better, especially if you can practice in a safe environment?”