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Standardized Patient Program

The clinical skills program at the KU School of Medicine in Salina is designed to help students become proficient in the skills required to communicate with patients and colleagues, and learning to perform medical procedures. Skills encounters are done in a safe and controlled environment and the University hires standardized patients who are specifically trained to assist the students in their learning process. The space has two dedicated clinic-style exam rooms, a simulation lab, and a larger lab for workshops. 

Students will work with standardized patients in a number of capacities, from training to perform a specific exam to differentiating and diagnosing a specific condition. The clincal skills encounters are non-invasive and are also recorded for learning purposes. Students will learn to take a patient's history, conduct physical exams, and create electronic records. Standardized patients are also given the opportunity to share feedback with our students and participate in debriefing sessions.

Contact Information

If you are interested in working with our medical students and becoming a standardized patient, please contact Mary Vernon at 785-822-0411 or


Earn up to $20 an hour as a Standardized Patient at KU Med-Salina campus


Download and complete the Standardized Patient Profile form (Word).

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018