Standardized Patient Program

Office of Medical Education

resident checking standardized patient

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students have been fortunate to have been able to interact with Standardized Patients since 1996. A Standardized Patient (SP) is a person who has been coached to accurately and consistently portray a patient's history, personality and emotions, body language, movement and response patterns, and physical findings as appropriate. SPs may fill out history and physical exam checklists, rate students' communications skills, and offer feedback for both student learning and evaluation. Their scenario is repeated for each student assigned to them. Being an SP takes energy, memorization, discipline, concentration, excellent communication skills, and a high degree of comfort with one's own body and health issues. For more information and to apply to become a Standardized Patient, follow the links below.

Program Information and Policies

Contact Information

SPE Program Director
William Murphy-Sharp, M.S. Ed.

SPE Office Manager
Kay Rogers

Reno applicants please mail or fax the completed data form to:
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Simulated Patient Education Program
Pennington Health Sciences Building/0582
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557-0582
Fax: (775) 682-6336