Standardized Patient Program
Standardized Patients (SP), Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTA), Male Urological Teaching Associates (MUTA), and Standardized Physical Exam Teaching Associates (SPETA) are members of our community trained to portray patients in complex scenarios to provide experiences in communication, diagnosis, and physical examination skills.
The objective of the GTA/MUTA program is to teach learners how to conduct sensitive exams in a safe, comfortable, thorough, and respectful patient‐centered manner. SPETA, in the same manner, teach the remaining portions of the physical exam in a standardized format.
Our SP's MUTA and GTA's make a difference in health care education with each encounter.
What is a Standardized Patient?
A Standardized Patient is a real person role-playing a real clinical situation to help medical students learn and/or evaluate clinical skills.
Standardized Patients are people from the community who have indicated an interest and are accepted based on their communication skills.
A Standardized Patient must be able to:
- Portray a patient case scenario
- Observe the medical student's behavior
- Recall the encounter and complete a checklist
- Provide feedback to the student
Our SP's are a supportive group who enjoy what they do because they know it’s important to both medical professionals and patients. SP's feel proud of their contribution to medical education.