Standardized Patient Program
The Standardized Patient Program at the University of South Alabama prepares health professions students in the development and testing of physical examination, communication, and interpersonal skills. Our standardized patient (SP) pool consists of more than 150 individuals ranging from ages 18 to 89. Our SPs come from diverse professional backgrounds such as nursing, theater, teaching, and engineering and are a vital part of providing learners an opportunity to practice effective communication, examination techniques, and interpersonal skills in a safe, simulated clinical setting. SPs portray patients, family members, or healthcare personnel, and provide learners with constructive feedback through highly effective training from dedicated SP Educators.