Standardized Patients

EVMS' Standardized Patient Program from Eastern Virginia Medical School on Vimeo.

EVMS pioneered the use of standardized patients (SPs) — highly specialized actors trained to mimic conditions or react to examinations in particular ways to provide better learning opportunities — more than 20 years ago, and it continues to be a leader in the field. 

EVMS’ standardized patient program is one of the largest in the country, utilizing more than 115 SPs ages 14 to 84 to create a broad range of scenarios for both medical and non-medical training. This resource provides a particularly invaluable training ground for medical and health professions students by giving them access to realistic patient interactions from the earliest days of their education. 

The program exists under the umbrella of the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning at EVMS, which helps train students and practicing health professional alike through simulation and advanced educational technologies. The center is one of only a handful in the country that creates realistic training scenarios by integrating task trainers (which allow students to practice skills like suturing and placing IV lines), computerized manikins, virtual interfaces and standardized patients.

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