The Standardized Patient (SP) Program is an important part of the curriculum at ACOM. A Standardized Patient is a community member trained to act as a real patient in order to simulate a set of health care symptoms or problems. Portrayal of patient scenarios provide our medical students an opportunity to learn and practice health history-taking and physical exams skills.
Examples of Standardized Patient Interactions with students can include:
- Small group portrayals for history-taking trainings
- Presentation of a detailed medical history
- Undergoing a non-invasive physical examination.
- Providing feedback that assists students with their communication and clinical skills.
ACOM’s SP program started in 2013. Our full-time program staff have many years of experience in the SP field. Our pool of talented SPs come from many walks of life—performing arts, education, health care, finance, fitness, and human services to name just a few. We are committed to recruiting SPs who represent a wide demographic range in terms of ethnicity, age, gender, LGBTQ+, body types and physical abilities.