Standardized Patients - Entrustable Professional Activities

Gayle Gliva-McConvey

Gayle Gliva-McConvey has been the Director of Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment at EVMS since its inception in 1984.  For over 42 years she has developed and integrated the Standardized Patient (SP) methodology in clinical skills assessment and training.  She directed the first SP program at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada from 1973 to 1984.  She has served as a consultant for medical schools and corporations interested in augmenting traditional training and assessment techniques with the use of experiential learning.  She has over 20 publications on SP and has presented at over 150 conferences, lectures or workshops in North America, Finland, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Singapore, Poland, Italy, France and the West Indies.

Standardized Patients - Entrustable Professional Activities

A Standardized Patient is someone who has been trained to model a patient in a medical encounter.  It is a consistent and standardized approach to teaching health care professionals.  Students are educated and assessed using the SP in domains such as history and physical, clinical assessment and clinical interviewing skills etc. Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are clinical activities that trainee health care professionals can be trusted to perform with minimal or no supervision.

At the end of the professional development byte you will be able to:

  • Integrate Standardized Patient (SP) based activities into the curriculum to teach and assess Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA)
  • Identify components of the EPAs that can be measured through SP-based activities
  • Determine which year of medical school SP can be used effectively
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Standardized Patients - Entrustable Professional Activities  (CME Credit)
Standardized Patients - Entrustable Professional Activities (Non CME Credit)


  1. AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency: Curriculum Developers Guide
  2. SP Case # 1 Cannot Catch Breath (Second Year Student)
  3. SP Case # 2 Depression (Family Medicine Clerkship)
  4. SP Case # 3_ IBS (Resident or CME)

Release date: June 01. 2016

Expiration date: May 31, 2019

Gayle Gliva- McConvey has disclosed she has no relevant financial relationships