A standardized patient is a person who has been coached to accurately and consistently recreate the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional state of an actual patient. Standardized patients are interviewed and examined, just as you would be by your family doctor, by male and female medical students.
Standardized patient encounters are like a visit to your own doctor. The exception is that instead of presenting your own medical condition, you will be trained to present the information related to a specific case.
During a typical patient encounter, first-year students will take a medical history (asking questions about your condition) and perform a physical examination.
The history taking usually requires your memorization of information such as: patient name, age, occupation, the problem they are experiencing-described in detail. Other information may include family history or past medical information that relates to the case.
Patients do not have to memorize answers to all possible questions.No invasive procedures (breast, rectal or genital exams) are done; no lab tests are involved. Information about symptoms that cannot be simulated or which require invasive procedures are presented in written form on an index card for you to give to the student if asked.
Standard examinations conducted by students include:
Standardized patients provide first-year medical students the opportunity to begin developing patient history taking and examination skills in a controlled learning environment.
Clinical faculty and staff are on hand to assist in teaching skills.
The comfortable environment helps students learn and practice skills. Because you, the patient, are not really ill, students can learn skills without compromising the "actual" patient.
Multiple patients can be trained to portray the same case, which allows each student to receive the same training.
In the patient role, you may see students on a one-to-one basis or there may be a group of students (up to 8) working with you. Break time is scheduled between students.
SIU School of Medicine faculty and staff train patients to simulate medical problems.
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On occasion, patients with actual medical findings or conditions will be needed. This allows students the ability to see actual findings rather than simulated ones.
Patients are needed on a variable basis, usually not more than once or twice per month. Each case requires approximately 1-3 hours of training time. Student sessions run from 2-8 hours.
Each simulated case requires approximately 1-3 hours of paid training time. The time spent with medical students varies depending on the case, the number of students to be seen, and your agreed upon commitment.Why become a standardized patient?
If you are interested in being a standardized patient, download the Application form and return it as directed. If you cannot download the form, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Potential patients may be asked to attend a screening session where they are trained to simulate a brief patient case. Successful applicants are then hired as Extra Help employees.
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