Results of a survey on the use of standardized patients to teach and evaluate clinical skills
Office of Medical Education; Department of Medicine; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
*Clinical Competence; Counseling; *Education, Medical; Female; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Male; Medical History Taking; Patient Education as Topic; *Patients; *Physical Examination; Teaching
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Medical Education | Preventative Medicine | Primary Care
In 1989, a survey was sent to each U.S. and Canadian medical school requesting information about how standardized patients are used for teaching and evaluating clinical skills, and 95% of the schools responded. Although there was widespread use of standardized patients throughout the curricula, the role and training of these patients varied markedly within a given school as well as across schools. One outcome of this survey is the development of a network to share resources, protocols, and training material to enhance the development of this educational strategy.