Standardized Patient Bank
The Standardized Patient (SP) Bank was established by the Department for Educational Development (DED), Aga Khan University (AKU) for teaching learning and assessment in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). Currently the SP Bank at AKU has 80 registered simulated patients and 5 real patients.
This programme strengthens the curriculum by introducing the 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.
The SP Bank included healthy people, actual patients with chronic but stable health problems as well actors who are trained by the clinical faculty to act out situations in a consistent manner according to the need of the programme and demands of educational experience.