Programs for Standardized Patient Educators

Programs for Standardized Patient Educators

Programs for Standardized Patient Educators

Professional Development Programs for Standardized Patient Educators

Learn to create compelling standardized-patient based educational programs to enhance health professions education.

Designed for simulation educators in the health professions:

  • Directors and staff of simulation and standardized patient (SP) centers
  • Faculty who wish to leverage SPs to enhance their educational programs

Features intensive sessions focusing on key topics in SP-based education and small class sizes that are highly interactive and provide abundant hands-on practice.

Sessions are led by Rachel Yudkowsky, MD, MHPE, Bob Kiser, CEC, CHSE, and faculty and staff of the Department of Medical Education and the Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute (SAIL) of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Founded in 1987 as one of the first standardized patient centers and now a comprehensive multi-modal simulation center, SAIL, formerly the Dr. Allan L. and Mary L. Graham Clinical Performance Center (GCPC), is internationally recognized for innovation in standardized patient education.

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Foundations Program

Standardized Patient Educator Certificate Program

Now online! Nine weekly 3-hour online sessions, October – December 2021

This course provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary for faculty and staff who design and implement standardized (SP) based instruction and assessment programs in health professions education settings.

At the end of this course, you will be better able to:

  • Write a case for an SP encounter and train an SP to portray the case
  • Train SPs to provide feedback to learners
  • Develop effective SP-based instructional activities and programs
  • Design assessments and assessment instruments based on SP encounters
  • Evaluate and maximize the validity of SP-based exams
  • Recruit and select effective SPs
  • Conduct SP encounters and assessments online

Registration fee: $2,300

Registration is now closed.

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2021 program description*

*(subject to changes)


Special Topics in Instruction & Assessment with SPs– Spring 2023 (Dates TBD)

This course provides a deeper look at the instruction and assessment of communication skills, physical exam skills, and clinical reasoning; standard setting for performance tests; and quality assurance for SP-based assessments.

At the end of this course, you will be better able to:

  • Develop programs to teach and assess physical exam skills, communication skills and clinical reasoning with SPs
  • Apply methods to set defensible pass/fail standards for SP-based exams
  • Design quality assurance programs for SP-based exams

Registration Fee: $850.00

2020 workshop description*

*2023 Workshop description is coming soon

Training SPs to Debrief and Give Feedback – April 28 & May 4, 2022 (Online from 9:00 am – 3:00pm CT each day)

This course provides participants with basic theory and practical knowledge underlying SP methodology, and hands-on practice training SPs to effectively debrief learners and provide actionable feedback.

At the end of this course, you will be better able to:

  • Compare and contrast feedback vs debriefing
  • Analyze elements of effective SP debriefing
  • Analyze barriers  to effective debriefing
  • Design an effective SP feedback or debriefing session
  • Utilize coaching skills to encourage learner self-reflection
  • Design a feedback/debriefing training program for SPs

Registration Fee: $850.00

Registration deadline is March 17, 2022. Receive an early registration discount of $50 off the full registration fee if you register by February 3, 2022. 

To register:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Submit payment. After completing the online registration form, we will contact you regarding the process for submitting payments. 

See additional information below.

2022 workshop description*

*(subject to changes)

Training SPs to Debrief and Give Feedback workshop online registration form

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Discount available for UIC faculty/staff, Chicago Simulation Consortium members, and groups. Please contact Alyse Dutcher at [email protected] to inquire. 

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Additional Information:

  • Registration is limited.  Submission of the registration form does not complete or guarantee your registration. You will receive a follow up email with more information on the status of your registration.
  • Payment is required to secure your registration.
  • These are intended as professional development programs to increase educational knowledge and skills. The certificate for this program and/or workshop is not transcripted, so it does not provide university credits and does not provide any kind of certification. The certificate is a departmental certificate that documents participation in the program.
  • Registration cancellations made more than 4 weeks before the workshop/program start date will receive a 50% refund of the workshop/program cost; registration cancellations made 4 weeks or less before the workshop/program start date will not receive a refund.
  • The UIC Department of Medical Education reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the programs/workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. Cancellation will be determined six weeks prior to the program/workshop, at which time the participants will be notified.  The UIC Department of Medical Education is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses incurred by participants due to cancellations or postponements, including fees assessed by airline, travel, or lodging agencies.

Contact Information:

For questions or more information, please contact Alyse Dutcher at [email protected]

If you would be interested in having the program or workshops offered to a group on-site at your institution, please contact Alyse Dutcher at [email protected] or Rachel Yudkowsky ([email protected]) for more details.

“I wanted to thank you one more time for such a comprehensive and effective workshop. I feel fortunate to have spent two days listening to your wisdom. Many sections pushed my knowledge capacity, and I love to be pushed! … I leave very inspired.”

Erik Wagner, MFA

Standardized Patient Trainer
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Adjunct Theatre Professor, Elmhurst College

“Thank you so much for an extremely productive two days. The sessions exceeded my expectations and will be very useful as we work to take our program to the next level…”

Alan I. Glass, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Dean for Medical Student Admissions
Medical Director Standardized Patient Program
Washington University School of Medicine

“The SPCP at UIC featured masterly delivery of beautifully blended and carefully selected compendium of introductory lectures, hands on sessions and small group activities. In five days this “one stop course”, (my first encounter with SP educator training) provided me with a firm SP Educator foundation…”


Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
College of Health Sciences,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria