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Standardized Patients

Programs

Standardized Patients (SPs) are incorporated in the medical school curriculum throughout all for years. Interviews will be videotaped so students will be able to 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 I

During the Introduction to Clinical Medicine I Course, students will have three (3) encounters with Standardized patients that will encompass the medical interview with a common medical problem, a sexual problem and a genetics problem.

Year II

During the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course II, students will 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 III

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

During the Family Medicine Rotation, students will conduct two standardized patient interviews that are designed to ascertain students' ability: (1) to gather a focused history, (2) to perform a focused physical, (3) to generate an appropriate differential diagnosis, (3) to communicate the diagnosis and options to the patient with the plan of management.

Year IV

Students will be required to pass a Six Station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for graduation.

Simulation Technology

Students throughout all four years will also have the opportunity to practice complicated skills on SimMan, a highly sophisticated, life-sized computer-driven human mannequin. Students will perform procedures on SimMan in conjunction with standardized patient interviews.