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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-38

Simulated patients in the training of medical students: Justifying the need and Points to ponder


1 Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jms.jms_113_20

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During the phase of medical training, patients are considered as the best teachers and it is strongly believed that exposure to patients helps medical students in both learning and practicing medicine. Nevertheless, the changing health dynamics has significantly affected the availability of patients in hospitals. This has led to the introduction of simulated patients in the delivery of medical education, initially for facilitating the acquisition of clinical skills and subsequently for the sake of assessment, including giving feedback to the learners. Any medical college, which is planning to initiate such curricular reforms within their setup, has to be aware of the standard practices to be adopted for recruitment, screening, and retention. In conclusion, the use of simulated patients in teaching and assessment in medical training has immense potential to improve the skills of medical students. It is the need of the hour for every medical college to explore their dynamics and then plan for the introduction of simulated patients within their setup and thereby improve multiple skills of future doctors.


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