Faculty Information

Faculty Information

Clinical Skills Center Program Advantages as a Teaching and Assessment Tool

Standardized patient methodology has been established as a valid, reliable and practical method of teaching and evaluating medical students. A properly trained standardized or simulated patient can serve as a patient, teacher and evaluator, allowing our future health care providers the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on specific skills related to patient interviewing, physical examinations and issues of professionalism.

The use of standardized patients allows medical students and faculty to experience:

  • Hands-on teaching, patient interaction, examination practice, and assessment of their clinical, professional and communication skills in an authentic examination scenario
  • Immediate feedback
  • Patient-centered interviewing techniques
  • Patient diversity and cultural differences
  • Multiple diseases
  • Visual monitoring through video taping and/or web-streaming
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Professionalism issues

The Clinical Skills Center provides opportunities for instruction and assessment in the following areas:

  • history-gathering process
  • physical examination
  • diagnosis
  • patient feedback
  • development of a patient management plan

This complex instruction module takes place in a safe and non- threatening environment. Standardized patients are also used for training tapes, small group discussions and lecture demonstrations.

These two documents are provided for faculty and staff interested in learning more about how Standardized Patients enhance education.

General Information Regarding SPs in Medical Education


Please contact Anne Chapin, M.Ed., LPC, Clinical Skills Center Director, for current programs running and their costs. She can be reached at, at (434) 243-9477 or by email at achapin@virginia.edu