The standardized patient program (SP Program) of Davao Medical School Foundation Inc. was established in 2017 under the Center for Health Care Simulation or COMCHECS . The program is responsible for human simulation , a recognized methodology that allows students to experience interacting with human role players in a controlled and safe environment. The SP program is utilized to design, develop and administer clinical interactive encounters between students, faculty members and standardized patients for teaching and learning as well as assessment of expected learning outcomes which includes communication skills , clinical investigation skills , decision making and critical thinking skills and professionalism

DMSFI has adapted the definition of standardized patient to be healthy individuals who is trained to portray a patient with a specific condition in a realistic, standardized and repeatable way to help achieve the expected learning outcomes of a graduate of a degree of medicine. This term can be used interchangeably with simulated patient (ASPE, 2017). Although this is a relatively new innovation for DMSFI , the use of SP’s in Medical education was initiated in the early 1960’s by a neurologist Dr. Howard Barrows who wanted to standardized teaching , learning and assessment of medical students. Since then this has been a widely accepted methodology in Medical schools not only in the US and Europe but also in Asia. Standardized patients are carefully trained for a medical student/doctor- patient encounters under the direct supervision of standardized patient educators, allowing a carefully planned clinical encounter with SP’s presenting themselves with specific medical histories, Physical examination findings, attitudes and emotional features of an actual patient.

Any member of the community, above 18 years of age can be a standardized patient, who is willing to be trained , interact with students and play a role in the training of our future doctors

The SP program of DMSFI is looking for, who on a voluntary basis is :

  • Willing to give their time and effort to be trained . And have flexible schedule for training sessions as well as actual student-SP encounters.
  • Able to Communicate well in any the following, Local dialect, Filipino or English.
  • Able to read, understand and remember information provided and follow instructions
  • Willing to undergo formal training to prepare them for the roles they will play
  • Allow themselves to be examined should consent be provided
  • Able to give constructive feedback after student-SP encounters as well as after training
  • Willing to follow the rules on privacy, confidentiality and professionalism during training and in all student-SP encounters