School of Health Sciences hosts NC Standardized Patient Training Day

The School of Health Sciences hosted the inaugural North Carolina Standardized Patient (SP) Training Day on Saturday, March 14.  Standardized Patients are individuals trained to portray medical cases for students to provide a realistic experience within a safe learning environment. 

Both the departments of Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy Education utilize Standardized Patients within their respected curricula.  The event was a compilation of four SP programs within central North Carolina, dedicated to preparing SPs for the ever changing needs of medical education. 

This year the four participating programs and their directors/staff were:

  • Nita Skillman, Elon University School of Health Sciences
  • Kelly Branford, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Dan Sipp, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Lormarev Jones, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Meredith Phillips, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Sixty-five Standardized Patients from around the state attended the training day that was composed of each SP participating in three different sessions. 

The sessions included Professionalism, Giving Student Feedback and Preparing for the Non-Medical Aspect of Your Role. Following the training sessions a lunch was provided in which everyone was encouraged to network among their colleagues and the different programs represented. 

The day was considered a success by all and is hoped to be an annual event.