Student Programs at the Neis Clinical Skills Lab

The Neis Clinical Skills Lab is the home of the Standardized Patient Program for the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Major events sponsored by the Neis Clinical Skills Lab include:

Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)

The School of Medicine has conducted this all-day clinical event since January, 2000. This clinical examination is administered to all rising 4th year Kansas City and Salina medical students who have completed their 3rd year clinical rotations. The purpose of the CSA is to evaluate the student's physical examination skills, history-taking and interpersonal communication skills, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management techniques. Each student goes through a total of twelve patient encounters during the day and each interaction represents various medical disciplines. Students are recorded on digital tape and receive test scores, as well as personal feedback from faculty. Those students who need remediation are then teamed with selected faculty who provide personalized, individual training.

Student Overview of the CSA (PDF)

Standardized Patient PBL

Throughout their first two years of medical school, medical students learn and practice clinical skills by participating in standardized patient encounters that are integrated into their problem-based learning curriculum (PBLs). After every encounter, students receive immediate verbal feedback from their standardized patients regarding interpersonal communications skills, and have numerous opportunities to self-assess their performances via digital tape recording.

Pre-Clerkship Assessment (PCA)

This end-of-year program is for 2nd year medical students and is used to evaluate students' history-taking, physical examination, and communication skills. This assessment is given prior to students entering third-year clinical rotations. This half day event includes standardized patient encounters and writing post encounter notes.  

PETA Program

A Physical Exam Teaching Assistant (PETA) is a person hired and trained to teach the basic techniques of a head-to-toe physical exam in an organized and systematic manner. PETAs provide a non-threatening learning experience that prepares students to examine and interact with patients in a manner that respects the physical and emotional comfort of the patient. The delivery method is instruction, application, followed by immediate feedback which allows students to make adjustments or refinements to their physical exam skills.

Other Programs:

  • Third-Year Clerkship Programs
  • Nurse Practitioner Programs
  • Residency Programs
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Professionals

Last modified: Feb 05, 2018