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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.

New Guidelines for SP Program Request Form

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we need to plan differently for standardized patient requests in the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year.

For SP requests between July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 15, 2020*

The SP Program will review these requests and allocate resources whenever possible.

Requests will be addressed by July 15th to allow your program/department time to make accommodations if we are unable to meet your needs.

* If a program submits after 6/15/20, the request will be considered, but only after all other commitments have been fulfilled.

We appreciate your understanding of this change in policy and support of our SP Program. It is our intention to assist as many programs/departments as possible within the limitations of our resources.