The Centre has consult rooms and hospital beds replicating real clinical settings. It sets the scene for undergraduate first and second year students to learn a variety of clinical skills in a realistic environment. The sessions, which are taught by a clinician tutor, take students through skills such as: taking a medical history, how to examine a patient respectfully and various clinical procedures. A focus of these sessions is on students gaining an understanding of the problem from the patient’s perspective.
There are different ways to get involved:
Volunteer Simulated Patient Program
The Simulated Patient (SP) Program is an initiative developed by UNSW Medicine which helps develop our junior students into leading doctors of the future. Volunteers involved in the program work with junior medical students in our purpose built clinical skills centre. The focus of interactions is to develop students' communication skills. This includes their ability to initiate and maintain respectful interactions with patients and to develop rapport so that patients feel able to divulge all relevant information during a consultation.
A Simulated Patient
Volunteering to be a SP provides our young medical students with a fantastic opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. By communicating with people from the community in a safe and supported environment, students start to develop an ability to create rapport and ‘bedside manner’.
How does it work?
Registered campus SPs are advised of upcoming sessions which generally run from Monday to Friday over a two week period for no more than 2 hours. They can choose to do one or more days. Each day they meet different students. We may provide the SP with a scenario in which they can play the role of a patient with a particular medical history. In that case, we work with the SP to find a scenario which suits them best, and which will provide the students with an authentic patient role and situation.
In other sessions, no scenarios are required such as for our Skin Sessions. Make-up artists apply fake skin lesions to our SPs. The medical students practice general consultation skills, describing the skin problem to the patient in easy to understand language. We sometimes request SPs for examination practice only. This is the help students develop confidence in examining a diverse range of people from our community.
- For how long do I have to volunteer? Generally 2 hours
- Do I get paid? No, but lunch/afternoon tea is provided
- Is there parking? Yes, we can issue you with a parking permit
- Are there sessions every day? Only weekdays, no weekends
- Can children take part? No, you need to be over 18. However, each year we do have a mums and bubs session
- Do I need to be really healthy ? No, non-athletes welcome!
- Are there physical exams? We will advertise when this is required for certian sessions
Clinical Skills Administrator
T (02) 9385 2550
** See the photo gallery from our 'Skin Lesions' workshop
** Find out more about our Online Simulated Patient Interaction and Assessment website (OSPIA)