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Clinical Skills Assessment Center

Clinical Skills Assessment Center

clinical-skills-assessment-center.jpgThe Clinical Skills Assessment Center (CSAC) provides formative evaluation to medical students and residents and other trainees in:
  • Communication skills;
  • History taking;
  • Physical exam skills;
  • Development of differential diagnosis;
  • Initial diagnostic work-up;
  • Documentation of a patient encounter;
  • Selected training situations in patient management.


  • Provide well-trained standardized patients for standardized simulated encounters.
    • Patients will be trained in goals, objectives, standardized portrayal of cases, scoring and delivery of simulation feedback to students.
  • To develop and implement cases that enhance student learning.
  • Cases will be standardized
  • Cases will facilitate learning in clinical reasoning
  • Cases will reflect educational goals for students.
  • Cases will reflect core clinical problems as reflected in the simulation encounter.
  • Cases will encourage development of differential diagnoses that consider urgent problems.
  • Cases will augment clinical experience to address domains not commonly covered in other venues (i.e. domestic violence, delivering bad news, obtaining informed consent).
  • To provide formative evaluation to students through standardized patients' feedback following the simulation case.
  • To provide formative evaluation to students through faculty feedback.


After formative and summative evaluation, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with standardized patients in order to develop an approach to the patient problem.
  • Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis.
  • Take an appropriate extended problem-focused history and
  • Perform an extended focused physical exam appropriate for the differential diagnosis.
  • Construct a plan for crucial initial diagnostic workup.
  • Appropriately document the encounter.

For selected training situations:

  • Develop an accurate problem list;
  • Design a plan of management for the patient.