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Standardized Patient Lab

The Standardized Patient (SP) program at MMC uses people of all demographics from the community to help teach and evaluate medical students, residents, faculty, and other allied healthcare providers at MMC. The program was created in 2002 to provide a learning and assessment resource for undergraduate medical education. Since then, the program has expanded beyond medical students to help teach and evaluate residents and multi-disciplinary staff in multiple functions of their profession, including physical examinations, counseling, interviewing, history-taking, communication skills, and personal interaction with patients. Faculty members at MMC have found the SP methodology to be an innovative way to teach and assess a learner’s clinical skills.

The Standardized Patient Lab at the Hannaford Simulation Center takes the SP program to a new and exciting level. We now partner with Tufts University and host hybrid events that combine work with SPs and high-fidelity simulators!

On a more basic level, the new facility at Brighton Medical Center now incorporates state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities with the latest software technology especially designed for the Standard Patient program. With these advancements, developing, designing, changing, and executing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Observed Structured Teaching Exercises (OSTEs) will be a much more efficient and streamlined process for the instructors, faculty, and learners.

To learn more about work as a standardized patient, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

To become a standardized patient, please e-mail us for the date of our next Standardized Patient Information Session.

Maine Medical Center is a member of the MaineHealth System