Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is leading the way in simulation by utilizing Standardized Patient (SP) actors to assist students in physical assessment and communication skills.
Standardized Patient Encounters
Our highly-trained standardized patients, or actors playing the role of patients, allow students to develop clinical skills including physical examination, communication and relationship building, and history taking. All projects take place in the evaluation suite, which has been designed to simulate a provider’s office with all necessary healthcare equipment.
Our approach is multidisciplinary, with all departments in the College of Nursing and Health Professions utilizing our labs for various skill-building exercises. Departments who take part in simulation labs include undergraduate/graduate nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences, gynecology, couple and family therapy, creative arts therapies, and behavioral health. The labs are also used for research including faculty development, delegation and conflict resolution, as well as physical training in supervisory counseling of ‘problem’ staff.
All SP encounters are recorded with a digital recording system from Education Management Solutions (EMS). With this technology, students are able to observe their patient encounters at a later date as a form of self-evaluation.
Members of the faculty are also present during these projects, observing from the observation room. As a result, the students feel more comfortable about having had the chance to interview an SP before seeing a real patient. Any mistakes made during the workshop interview are then corrected prior to going out into the field.
Human Patient Simulation Lab (CSSL)
The Human Patient Simulation lab is where the use of computerized Human Patient Simulators (HPS), Standardized Patients or hybrid cases are used for skill building. The space, consisting of approximately 2,300 square feet that can be transformed into acute (ICU, OR, ER, Medical Surgical, or Women’s Health) or community (home, board room, community center) environments, is comprised of two large labs, and control and ‘prop’ rooms.
These labs promote advanced communication skills between and among all parties, while also promoting interprofessional teamwork, multiple patient management, as well as crisis resource management (CRM) skills, communication, collaboration and teamwork.
Please use the links below to view photos of the various Simulation Labs: