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Standardized Patient Program

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Standardized Patient Program
A primary goal of the SP Program is to train medical students for clinical encounters.

We write scripts and train local actors who portray a variety of patients in different clinical scenarios. Every Yale medical student participates in several experiential sessions with standardized patients throughout their medical school training. These include the following topics:

  • Patient-centered medical interviewing
  • The female reproductive history
  • Breaking difficult news
  • Options counseling for reproductive health issues
  • Motivational interviewing for behavior change

We also use our standardized patients in interview skills demonstrations, workshops for physician associates and nurses in training, as well as in a reentry assessment for dual degree medical students and clinical skills remediation.