Your engineering-infused medical education at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine is enhanced through our Standardized Patient Program through which you get hands-on experience with patient care in a simulated environment. Like most standardized patient programs, you will develop your clinical skills with standardized patients who are trained to simulate medical cases and evaluate student performance. As a Carle Illinois medical student, you also benefit from longitudinal exposure to these cases. That means you will encounter a case in your problem-based learning environment, later meet that patient in the simulated clinic encounter in your Introduction to Clinical Practice course, then connect with them once again in a later case. This provides continuity with patients just like a physician in practice would have.
Become a confident and compassionate physician in a safe and controlled environment where you’ll practice patient care including taking patient history, physical examinations, and important communication like counseling or delivering bad news.

What is a standardized patient?

A standardized patient is someone who has been hired and trained to simulate a specific patient case. The standardized patient fully embraces the role of the patient, including everything from patient history to expected physical findings. Standardized patients are also able to assess your performance to an extent that is as valuable as faculty feedback.


The Standardized Patient Program takes place at the JUMP Simulation Center, which features:

  • 4 outpatient exam rooms
  • 2 ICU rooms
  • A skills laboratory
  • 4 debrief rooms
  • A control center for viewing of learner performance

Exam rooms include exam tables, a full complement of outpatient diagnostic equipment, and a computer for documenting. These rooms also have two video cameras for both live and recorded viewing. Recorded videos may be reviewed from personal computers.

You’re not a physician-innovator without being a physician, and that includes being able to be patient-focused.

– Dr. Judith L. Rowen, M.D., associate dean for academic affairs