Standardized Patients

Standardized Patient Exam

The Standardized Patient Lab (SP Lab) provides current and future healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn, practice and enhance their communication and diagnostic skills in a simulated clinical setting.  From medical students to residents, and from allied health students to nurses, the SP Lab is used by a variety of learners from a wide range of medical specialties.  

Standardized Patients (SPs) are individuals trained to act as "patients" in a variety of clinical scenarios. Though intensive training, our SPs are able to realistically portray the personality, emotional status, and history and physical exam findings of a patient with a specific medical complaint.  Learners are then able to interact and engage with these "patients" in a range of simulated clinical encounters.  These simulated encounters enable our students to practice and refine those skills necessary to diagnose and treat real patients.  

For more information about how you might use the SP Lab, please contact Stacy Lee (

For more information about becoming a Standardized Patient, please contact Shirley Brown (