The purpose of the program is to enhance the learning and education of our health care students.
The purpose of bringing in clients to our classes is to give our students a chance to evaluate and learn from people with actual health conditions. This hands-on experience enhances the knowledge gained in their classrooms and allows the students an opportunity to hone their communication, diagnostic and examination skills.
The purpose of a standardized patient is to give our students a simulated experience with a realistically portrayed patient to hone their communication, diagnostic and examination skills before entering their clinical rotations. Standardized patients are used as both medical models for physical examinations and to portray a medical patient to test our students on their classroom knowledge. Standardized patients are a valuable resource to our program because they provide feedback from the patient point of view to each of our students after the simulated experience.