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Educational AffairsOffice of Clinical Simulation

Home of the Standardized Patient Center and Clinical Skills Center

Standardized Patients (SPs) are people who have been carefully selected and trained to portray patients with a specific condition in a consistent and realistic way. They offer various types of students in medical education the opportunity to practice communication and examinations skills and they also provide feedback to the students.

Mammen.0118_smThe Office of Clinical Simulation staff is responsible for recruiting and training individuals from the community and surrounding area interested in becoming SPs. Standardized Patients provide students in medical education with standardized learning experiences, while minimizing risk and discomfort to actual patients.

By using SP's in medical education, SP's are provided an important role in the assessment portion of each student's medical training helping to mold UTMB's future doctors, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and physician assistants.

Anyone interested in additional information about becoming a standardized patient can learn more about the program by reviewing information on our site, completing an online information session application, or contacting us  directly. The history of the Standardized Patient program and how they are used in medical education is also available on our website.

SimulatorsIn the Clinical Skills Center, students are introduced to a variety of models and task trainers which assist them in the mastery of clinical skills.

Examples of models used in teaching include: Eye and Ear task trainers, Blood Pressure Simulator, Heart and Lung Sounds simulator and various others.

Office of Clinical Simulation
3.312 Marvin Graves Building
(409) 772-6300
(409) 772-6339 fax