About the Standardized Patient Program

Functions and Responsibilities

The Standardized Patient (SP) Program manages all Standardized Patient participants in educational, research and/or assessment activities for Scott & White Hospital and Texas A&M System Health Science Center College of Medicine - Temple, Texas.

The scope of learners within the context of the activities involves students, residents, attendings, nurses and allied health professionals. Thus, the SP Program supports Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Nurse Education and Allied Healthcare Education.

The functions of the SP Program include:

  • Recruiting, training and scheduling SPs for educational and research activities
  • Assisting departments and interested individuals develop activities involving SPs, including case development and evaluation needs
  • Developing novel methodologies utilizing SPs for educational and evaluation purposes
  • Supporting research activities utilizing SPs for educational and patient safety purposes


  • To deliver high-quality standardized patient experiences coupled with reliable and valid clinical competency and interpersonal skills assessment of learners at all stages of the continuum of healthcare education and training.
  • To develop and disseminate knowledge and innovations on the utilization of the standardized patient methodology in patient safety and quality of care.
  • To support and enhance educational and research activities throughout the academic health science center with the standardized patient methodology.


To be the leader of Standardized Patient Methodology utilization in healthcare education, research and clinical practice.

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