Standardized patient program on NBC's TODAY Show

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The NBC cameraman sets up a shot in one of CACL’s exam rooms, flanked by fourth-year medical student Catherine Kubiak. TODAY Show reporter Jenna Wolfe (sitting left), playing the role of a standardized patient, listens.

USF Health’s Center for Advanced Clinical Learning (CACL) was featured on the national television program, NBC’s Today Show, this Monday, Nov. 16.

TODAY Show co-anchor and national correspondent Jenna Wolfe visited USF Health on September 29th to step into the shoes of the center’s standardized patient program – folks who are hired and trained to serve as a patient and act out an illness. Opened in 2005, the center was developed to both teach and evaluate students on their clinical and patient communication skills. The comprehensive standardized patient program allows students to practice healthcare skills with real “patients” in a risk-free medical environment. It also emphasizes communication and interpersonal skills vital to patient safety, satisfaction and quality care.

Jenna donned a medical gown and jumped right into role play, learning from Dawn M. Schocken director of the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning, and Fred Slone, MD, the center’s medical director. We won’t give away the details of how Jenna survived her experience; you’ll have to watch!

TODAY Show’s Wolfe (far right) meets with CACL directors and standardized patients before the shoot.

Discussing her patient case scenario with Dr. Fred Slone, CACL medical director, and Dawn Schocken, director.

The cameraman zooms in for closeup of Wolfe talking with Dawn Schocken.
TODAY Show producer Lindsay Grubb (left) checks her emails.

Getting some standardized patient tips from Schocken.

Checking out SimMan, one of CACL’s state-of-the-art patient simulators.

Wolfe evaluates the USF medical student who examined her.

TODAY Show crew with USF Health faculty, staff and students involved in the standardized patient production.

- About the Center -

The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning has 12 state-of-the-art clinical examination rooms, all equipped with advanced digital video monitoring as well as a closed circuit computerized evaluation system, with computer capabilities both inside the room as well as a student station immediately outside the clinical room. Each room is linked on a master video monitoring display in the control room, as well as having accessibility in the Video Monitoring Room itself. This year the center has had 36,000 standardized patient visits with a bank of 167 cases that represent a different medical ailment.

- Story by Susanna Martinez Tarokh, USF Health Communications
– Photos by Eric Younghans, USF Health Communications