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Clinical Skills Assessment

clinical-skills-assessment-center.jpgThe mission of the Judith Gore Gearhart Clinical Skills Center (JGGCSC) is to provide a setting for medical student and other health care service learners and providers to practice and be given feedback in communication and clinical skills using a realistic clinical environment and standardized patients (SPs). SPs are trained to depict simulated clinical presentations and provide learners with feedback on communication skills, information gathering (history and physical exam) and professionalism. 


  • 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.