Standardized Patient Program (SPP)
What is a Standardized Patient?
A Standardized Patient (SP) is a person who has been coached to accurately and consistently recreate the history, personality, physical finding, emotional structure and response pattern of an actual patient at a particular point in time.
The Standardized Patient Program utilizes standardized patients both on and off campus for teaching, demonstration, assessment, examination and video productions. On campus the SPs can be involved in the training of health care professionals within the following faculties: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dentistry, and Rehabilitation Medicine. Standardized patients are interviewed and examined by health care students and may be audio or video taped during simulation.
Clients external to the UofA include Alberta Health Services, Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, Alberta International Medical Graduates Program, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Canadian Pharmacy Association, MacEwan University, Medical Council of Canada and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. The work location can range from the University of Alberta facilities, Capital Health facilities, NAIT or within the community.
The University of Alberta Standardized Patient Program has been in existence since 1992.
We provide and train medical actors, called Standardized Patients
(SPs) to teachers, researchers, industry and health organizations in order to simulate authentic patient experiences for students, health care providers and business managers.
We have Standardized Patients for a variety of educational venues for both campus and off-campus activities. Our program continues to grow with access to over 200 active standardized patients and a catalogue of over 100 established simulations.
Research has shown that standardized patients can provide a realistic and valuable clinical experience with unique benefits to students' education.
Research into students' perception of experiences with Standardized Patients reveals a keen appreciation of the realism; enhancement of empathy, motivation and knowledge; and a positive alternation of learning styles.