Standardised Patient Bank
The Standardised Patient (SP) Bank was established by the Department for Educational Development (DED) for Aga Khan University (AKU) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), in October 2002 in line with the needs of the renewed curriculum. The renewed curriculum introduces students to clinical and communication skills from the very beginning of the curriculum. The novice students needed a safe environment to learn, make mistakes and practice these skills, before they apply these skills on real, sick patients. The SPs give feedbacks to the students on their performance thus help in boosting their confidence. The use of SPs is very convenient since it provides the cases according to educational needs at the time and place they are needed.
SP Bank caters to the needs of all the programmes, that is a resource for Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) and Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) programmes of AKU Medical College (AKU-MC) and the School of Nursing (AKU-SON).
SPs may be either normal individuals (simulated) who portray signs and symptoms of a specific disease/health problem as patients during an interview and physical examination with a medical student or a doctor-in-training, or they may be real patients with chronic disabilities are consenting to be part of an educational experience.
Standardised Patient Training
The clinical faculty prepares the script for every SP encounter and then these patients are trained by the clinical faculty helped by DED faculty to behave consistently as per demands of educational experience.
Currently the SP Bank at AKU has 80 registered simulated patients and 20 real patients. These patients are called for learning as well as in an objective structured clinical examination for UGME, PGME and AKU-SON.