C3NY maintains a diverse cadre of intelligent professionals who can portray anything from a 16 year old runaway, to a 45 year old man with adult onset diabetes, to a 77 year old with Alzheimer’s. They are capable of simulating not just a patient, but anyone involved in an encounter, be it doctor, nurse, therapist, administrator or family member.
We recruit standardized patients (SPs) from a large and talented pool of individuals in the tri-state area, most of whom have Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees, either in education, medicine, or the arts.
The vast majority of the SPs have eight to fifteen years experience as SPs in various medical education settings. In addition a good number have extensive experience in similar programs, i.e. programs utilizing simulated encounters either in medicine, nursing, law or finance.
SPs are individually recruited for each program and case.
As appropriate, SPs may:
- Portray a case study (i.e., 42 year old single mother, 75 year old nursing home resident, etc.)
- Portray a family member, medical team member, or anyone involved in the encounter
- Realistically simulate a particular pain or ailment
- Know the difference between proper and improper physical examination maneuvers
- Evaluate history taking skills
- Evaluate physical examination skills
- Evaluate communication skills
- Give constructive oral and/or written feedback
- Perform a standardized scenario, give standardized responses
- Educate learners on the finer points of excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Evaluate learners in a more formal performance based assessment
Presently we maintain an active database of 250+ SPs, drawn from a more comprehensive and diverse database of 1600 SPs of varying sizes, ages, ethnicities and talents.
We also have the expertise to create cases, depending on the needs of our constituent programs. We work with our partners to create the necessary biographical sketches, scenarios, history, physical and communications skills checklists, and then recruit the appropriate people to embody these cases.
In addition to the standard physical cases, such as cholecystitis, migraine headache, lupus, adult onset diabetes, etc., we also develop cases in psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and the like.
The use of standardized patients in the field of medical education has risen exponentially in the past decade. The emphasis has shifted from a knowledge based curriculum to a clinical skills based curriculum. With the USMLE Step 2 CS examination, the field of standardized patients has really come into its own. The sky’s the limit for the use of standardized patients as professional medical educators.