Results of a survey on the use of standardized patients to teach and evaluate clinical skills

Acad Med. 1990 May;65(5):288-92. doi: 10.1097/00001888-199005000-00002.


In 1989, a survey was sent to each U.S. and Canadian medical school requesting information about how standardized patients are used for teaching and evaluating clinical skills, and 95% of the schools responded. Although there was widespread use of standardized patients throughout the curricula, the role and training of these patients varied markedly within a given school as well as across schools. One outcome of this survey is the development of a network to share resources, protocols, and training material to enhance the development of this educational strategy.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Counseling
  • Education, Medical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patients*
  • Physical Examination*
  • Teaching / methods