Standardized Patient Program


Standardized Patients/Clients are everyday people who have been trained to portray patients during an exam room interview and physical examination with students in the healthcare professions. As part of the curriculum, academic health science programs now use Standardized Patients to depict realistic patient interactions and presentations of disease. In veterinary medicine, the patient is the pet or animal so the term Standardized Client is used. Standardized Patients/Clients (SPs/SCs) discuss their symptoms with a student during a simulated patient/client interview and physical examination. The SPs/SCs then evaluate and give feedback to the student on their interpersonal communication skills. The SP/SC role provides the opportunity for a student to learn or be evaluated on skills firsthand, in a safe environment.

Academic programs that utilize our SP/SC program include: Standardized Patient

Here at Midwestern University in Arizona, SPs/SCs work under the guidance of Kathy Runte, the Standardized Patient Coordinator; and Melva Ayers, Senior Administrative Assistant. Our SPs/SCs are trained to portray a wide range of patient/client scenarios for the instruction, assessment, and practice of communication and examining skills of the student healthcare provider. We provide a safe and supportive environment conducive for learning and standardized assessment of the student.

Standardized Patients/Clients may take great pride in their jobs here because, as members of the Midwestern University Standardized Patient team, they play a vital and pivotal role. Their role prepares our students for their clinical-skills rotations with actual patients, helps them prepare for their national board certification exams with the goal of ultimately becoming some of the finest patient-care professionals in the world.


Apply here to be considered for a Standardized Patient role at Midwestern University.