Standardized Patient Use Outside of Academic Medicine: Opportunities for Collaboration between Medicine and Pharmacy

Michael S. Monaghan, Ross E. Vanderbush, Ruth M. Allen, Jeanne K. Heard, Mary Cantrell, Jay Randall

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Background: Utilization of standardized patients (SPs) in academic medicine is well known, but little has been done with SPs in pharmaceutical education. We present a new application for SPs in pharmacy education, and discuss how resources, costs, and expertise may be shared between the two academic disciplines to maximize SP use. Description: We developed a "pharmacy Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)" used to evaluate clinical skills associated with pharmacy education and practice. The SPs in pharmacy were more standardized participants, because they could portray a physician, nurse, or patient. Program development, evaluation, and implementation was accomplished in conjunction with the college of medicine's SP program. Evaluation: Comparable to academic medicine's OSCE experience, interrater reliability data showed good to excellent agreement between raters and Cronbach's coefficient alpha ranged between 0.54 and 0.79. Conclusions: This program represents another use of medical SPs that can benefit both academic disciplines. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 10(3), 178-182

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-182
Number of pages5
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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