João José Cerqueira, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal


Workshop description

Standardized patients are widely used to assess communication and other clinical skills.

This workshop will provide an overview of the use of standardized patients for assessment of clinical skills. Practical examples and case studies will be used to illustrate the practical aspects.

Topics to be covered include:

  • how to recruit and select SPs
  • writing SPs scenarios: do’s and don’ts
  • SP training: practical tips
  • assessment checklists: writing and validation
  • designing and evaluating your assessment with SPs

The session will be highly interactive with sufficient time for questions from the participants and discussion.

After brief introduction/didactic presentation:

  • Participants will work in groups to produce SP scenarios and receive immediate feedback.
  • Participants will also work in groups to design an assessment using SPs, which will be discussed by all participants.