Workshop details

Using SPs for assessment and feedback

Date: Saturday 15th October


  • Liliana Alves Costa, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Pedro Morgado, Assistant Professor, Clinical Skills Laboratory, School of Health Sciences, University of Minho and Psychiatry Department, Hospital de Braga, Portugal
  • Paul Kerr, University of Exeter Medical School

Workshop description

Standardized patients are widely used to assess communication and other clinical skills, but are also able to provide critical feedback.

This workshop will provide an overview of the use of standardized patients for assessment of clinical skills and for giving feedback. Numerous practical examples and case studies will be used to illustrate the practical aspects.

Topics to be covered include:

  • how to recruit and select SPs
  • writing SPs scenarios: do's and don'ts
  • SP training: practical tips
  • assessment checklists: writing and validation
  • designing your assessment with SPs
  • training SPs to give feedback

The session will be highly interactive with sufficient time for questions from the participants and discussion.

After brief introduction/didactic presentation:

  • Participants will work in groups to produce SP scenarios and receive immediate feedback.
  • Participants will also work in groups to design an assessment using SPs, which will be discussed by all participants.

Objectives of the session, indicating knowledge, attitudes and skills that participants should gain from it

After the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Acknowledge the roles of SPs in assessment and as feedback providers
  • Understand the principles of SP program management, SP training, uses of SPs for assessment and feedback, scenario and checklist building and assessment design.
  • Distinguish good and bad practices regarding SP training, scenario and checklist building and assessment design.
  • Write adequate and complete SP scenarios.
  • Design assessments using SPs.

Maximum number of participants