By Wendy Sarubbi | November 20, 2012 5:26 pm

Standardized patients – actors who pretend to be injured or ill to help train medical students – are being featured on WUCF, Central Florida’s new and only PBS station.

A PBS film crew documented the role that standardized patients serve at the UCF College of Medicine’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, where students gain hands-on experience treating patients and practice essential physical examination skills. The center includes training simulators and medical mannequins and 12 examination rooms. There, trained standardized patients help students learn to take medical histories, document findings, create treatment plans and develop their bedside manner.

The PBS episode features interviews with Dr. Juan Cendan, assistant dean for simulation and director of the center, a standardized patient and second-year M.D. student Erin Kane.

WUCF airs on digital Channel 2 and basic cable Channel 2 in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

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