For Academic Users

Ready to Schedule an SP?

Fill out the SP request form PDF Document
at least six weeks before
activity and send to Send an e-mail


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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 Health Science Center College of Medicine - Temple, TX. The scope of learners within the context of the activities involves medical students, residents, nurses and allied health professionals.

An SP is an individual who has been coached to consistently and accurately simulate an actual medical condition or disease, including a patient's history, physical findings, personality and/or behavior.

An SP can serve as a model in some activities and highly skilled SPs can be trained as Teaching Associates for special activities as well. An SP can serve as a patient, teacher, and evaluator and allow learners the opportunity to practice repeatedly in a safe and controlled, realistic atmosphere with non-judgmental feedback.

Potential uses of the SP Program for learning experiences of
healthcare professionals include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervised practice and training
  • Objective Structures Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Demonstrations
  • Hybrid simulations with low and high-fidelity manikins
  • Videotaping
  • Remediation training
  • Training videos

Scheduling Rules

  • Requests for SPs must be received at least six weeks in advance to guarantee the appropriate selection of SPs for each patient case.
  • The SP Program schedules SPs for activities occurring Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm. Evening and weekend activities requesting SPs requires at least 8 weeks advance notice and are subject to the discretion of the SP Program Director.
  • SPs will be requested to arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the activity. This will ensure that you have sufficient time to begin your activity on time and in order to not conflict with other scheduled activities.
  • Activities involving SPs can be scheduled at any site on the Temple College campus and the Scott & White Hospital campus including but not limited to the Clinical Simulation Center, the SP Clinic, the Scott & White Simulation Lab and the Texas A&M Medical Education Building in Temple.  It is recommended that OSCEs take place at the Clinical Simulation Center and SP Clinic on the Temple College campus.
  • The requesting department will be responsible for reserving the site for the activity.
  • Cancellations of SPs for activities must be made at least 72 hours prior to the activity.

How to Schedule SPs

Fill out the standardized patient request form PDF Document completely and send to Send an e-mail

Cases/scenario information must be received with the request form.

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