Simulation/Standardized Patient Program

Our program is designed to provide medical professionals the opportunity to train in a safe, controlled and realistic atmosphere with non-judgmental feedback.

The Standardized Patient Program manages all standardized patient participants in educational, research and/or assessment activities for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Standardized patients are individuals who have been coached to consistently and accurately portray an actual medical condition or disease, including a patient's history, physical findings, personality and/or behavior. 

Standardized patients are utilized in training activities for medical students, residents, nurses and allied health professionals.

Potential uses of standardized patients for learning experiences include, but are not limited to:

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

Scheduling Process

Requests for standardized patients must be received at least six weeks in advance to guarantee the appropriate selection of patients for each patient case.

Our program schedules activities occurring Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend activities requesting standardized patients requires at least eight weeks advance notice and are subject to the discretion of the Standardized Patient Program director.

The requesting department is responsible for reserving the site for the activity. Activities may be scheduled at any site on the Temple College and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple campuses, including:

  • Clinical Simulation Center Temple College
  • Standardized Patient Clinic Temple College
  • Scott & White Simulation Lab
  • Texas A&M Medical Education Building

We recommend scheduling OSCEs at the Clinical Simulation Center or Standardized Patient Clinic on the Temple College Campus.

Request a Standardized Patient Activity

Please attach cases to the SP Request Form and submit to the Standardized Patient Program at spprogram@sw.org. If more than five cases, use additional request form.

Become a Standardized Patient

A Standardized Patient (SP) is an individual who has been trained to consistently and accurately simulate an actual medical condition or disease, including a patient’s history, physical findings, personality and/or behavior.

SPs are trained to evaluate learners’ performance, provide feedback on professionalism, communication skills and clinical skills, which may include physical examination techniques. A standardized patient can serve as a model in some activities, and highly skilled SPs can be trained as Teaching Associates for special activities as well.

Thus, an SP can serve as a patient, teacher and evaluator and allow learners the opportunity to practice repeatedly in a safe, controlled and realistic atmosphere with nonjudgmental feedback. Educational activities involving SPs can be formatted in multiple fashions, such as one-on-one sessions, for communication skills practice or small group and large group sessions.

If you’re interested in becoming a Standardized Patient, please fill out the information form or contact us at SPPROGRAM@sw.org.

SP Information Form

Contact Us

Macy Petru
Standardized Patient Educator

Rebecca Morales
Standardized Patient Educator

Standardized Patient Program
2401 S. 31st Street 
Temple, TX 76508 
Phone: 254-724.7025 
Fax: 254-724.7032