Results of a survey on the use of standardized patients to teach and evaluate clinical skills

UMMS Affiliation

Office of Medical Education; Department of Medicine; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Publication Date


Document Type



*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 | Preventive 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.


Acad Med. 1990 May;65(5):288-92.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed