A standardized patient is a person carefully trained to simulate with precision a medical condition with such realism that an experienced physician would not detect that he/she is acting.

Stages for Standardized Patient:

    • Teaching of basic clinical skills
      • Socioeconomic and cultural sensibility
      • Interviews
      • Vital signs
      • Physical exams
        • Eye – Nose – Throat
        • Pelvic
        • Rectal
        • Thyroid, etc.
      • Teaching of advanced clinical skills
        • Patient History
        • Complete physical examination
        • Managing of a patient
      • Evaluation of all of the above

Benefits of the use of Standardized Patients:

  • Availability – Time and place
  • Repeated use – Signs, symptoms, psychosocial
  • Standardized problem – Soundness
  • Adaptability – Levels (pre – clinical, clinical)
  • Security and welfare of the patient
  • Emergency situations
  • Difficult patient and/or sensitive situations
  • Learning and/or evaluation
  • Controllable interaction – “Time-in Time-out”

SP Medical Director and Asociate Director

Dr. Deborah Silva – Pediatrics Department

Dr. Yvonne Rivera – Family Medicine Department


  • Prof. Jenny Rodríguez, SP interviewer – Anesthesiology Dept.
  • Dr. Juan González, Emergency Medicine Dept.
  • Dr. Nydia Bonet, Pediatric Dept.
  • Dr. Antonio Méndez-Iglesias, Research/Training – Curriculum Office
  • Dr. Gloria González, Psychiatry Dept.
  • Dr. William Méndez, Surgery Dept.

Administrative Support

  • Dr. Antonio Méndez-Iglesias, Curriculum Office Director
  • Prof. Lisette García, Co-Coordinator of SP
  • Mrs. Brenda López – Evaluation and Research Coordinator
  • Ms. Marisol Acevedo – Administrative Secretary
  • Mr. Milton Meléndez – Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Sonia Acevedo – Audiovisual Technical Assistant