Standardized patients are individuals who are trained to portray patients in a realistic manner who have symptoms. Scheduled sessions of timed encounters provide opportunities for students to practice their skills and receive immediate feedback.
Standardized patients assess the students' clinical and history-taking skills and communicate verbally to students about their interpersonal behaviors.
Exam rooms are outfitted with two digital cameras to record standardized patient encounters with doctor of osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies and psychology students. Students and faculty can view recordings stored in the web-based Arcadia audio/video system.
Standardized patients use the PARS (Professional Assessment Rating Scale) to evaluate interpersonal and communication skills during their encounters with students.
Visit Career Opportunities at PCOM to view current job openings for standardized patients.