A Standardized Patient (SP) is a person carefully recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of a real patient thereby affording the student an opportunity to learn and to be evaluated on learned skills in a simulated clinical environment. Standardized patients play a key role in medical education. They accurately and consistently recreates the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional responses of an actual patient and/or a patient’s significant other. Medical students, under the supervision of physician educators, work with standardized patients to practice physical examination, history‐taking, diagnostic, and communications skills.

During an interaction with a student, the SP may:

Students also learn clinical skills through interactions with Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETAs), Genitourinary Teaching Associates (GTAs), and Male Urological Teaching Associates (MUTAs). These are specially trained SPs who aid faculty in the teaching of the different components of the physical exam.

The Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETAs) are:

The educational benefits of a PETA for the student include:

A Genitourinary Teaching Associate (GTA) is an individual who is trained to teach techniques and protocol for performing the gender-specific physical examination to students, using him or herself as a demonstration and practice model. The GTA also provides feedback to the students in a supportive environment for skill development and practice. Emphasis is on teaching from the patient perspective.


Roles of Male and Female GTAs:

At UCF College of Medicine our SPs, PETAs and GTAs undergo a rigorous training process. We currently have over 100 trained SPs! We are always looking for more candidates who would like to become part of our program.