Educational AffairsOffice of Educational Development


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 students in medical education the opportunity to practice communication and examinations skills and they also provide feedback to the students.

The Standardized Patient Program staff is responsible for recruiting and training individuals from the community and surrounding area interesting in becoming standardized patients. Standardized Patients provide students in medical education with standardized learning experiences, while minimizing risk and discomfort to real 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 and physician assistants.

Anyone interested in additional information about becoming a standardized patient can learn more about the program, complete an online information session application, or contact us directly. The history of the SP program and how they are used in medical education is also available.

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

Examples of models used in teaching include: Eye and Ear examination, 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

Site managed by UTMB School of Medicine