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Standardized Patients

Standardized Patients (SPs) are incorporated in the medical school curriculum throughout all four years. Interviews are videotaped so students can review their performance in conjunction with evaluation and feedback from both faculty and the standardized patients.

These SP experiences are conducted at the Clinical Education and Evaluation Lab, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the evaluation, assessment and teaching of technical skills for students, faculty and health care providers throughout the State of Maryland. This facility is a joint venture of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

  • student's ability to conduct an appropriate history and physical
  • student's ability to identify presenting problems and risk factors
  • student's ability to formulate a differential diagnosis and plan of management
  • student's interpersonal communication skills, including verbal, paraverbal, and non verbal communications
  • student's overall technique

Standardized patients are incorporated in the medical school curriculum during the following courses/clerkships:

Year 1

During Introduction to Clinical Medicine I, students have three encounters with standardized patients that encompass the medical interview with a common medical problem, a sexual problem, and a genetics problem.

Year 2

During Introduction to Clinical Medicine II, students perform a Head-to-Toe physical exam, a GYN exam, and a GU exam with standardized patients as part of the physical diagnosis component of the course.

Year 3

During the Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship, students have a multi-station test that is designed to ascertain students' ability: (1) to do an appropriate history and physical, and (2) to formulate a differential diagnosis and plan of management. Students also perform a complete breast and pelvic exam.

Year 4

Students are required to pass a six station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for graduation.