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Standardized Patient and Patient Model Program

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) is dedicated to creating an environment in which clinical, communication and professional skills for future health care providers are nurtered and honed.

LMU-DCOM conducts Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) using Standardized Patients (SP) and Patient Models (PM). Your commitment and dedication as a SP and/or PM is appreciated and we want to ensure that your continued volunteer support is fulfilling, enriching and enjoyable. Please carefully review the handbook which will contribute to your experience with the LMU-DCOM Standardized Patient/Patient Model Program.

What is a Standardized Patient (SP)?

Standardized Patients (SP) are volunteers that have been trained to portray a specific patient case. They are given details of patient and family histories, symptoms, medications and other information so that they can act out the cases with health profession students.

What is a Patient Model (PM)?

A Patient Model (PM) is a person willing to serve as an actual patient for complete physical examination training including genitals and rectum for males, and for females, pelvic and breast exams. There may be multiple people in the room while the patient modeling encounter is happening, including, but not limited to, students, facilitators/instructors, proctors/monitors and other patient models. Patient Models will receive an initial examination each semester from a licensed physician for the purpose of establishing a baseline from which the physician can instruct students. This examination does not constitute the beginnings of a doctor/patient relationship. The Patient Model must sign a release form agreeing to these conditions. Patient Model encounters are not recorded. Patient Models may be asked to provide written or verbal comments about their encounter. They may also be trained to instruct students in proper technique.