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Director, curricular resources and clinical assessment

Sue Ahearn directs the Clinical Skills Center at UC Irvine's School of Medicine. At its heart is the standardized patient program, where UC Irvine  doctors cast actors in patient roles based on real cases.

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Clinical Skills Center

UC Irvine's Medical Education Clinical Skills Center was developed to teach and assess the clinical skills of medical students, residents and physicians in an environment that simulates the clinical setting. The program revolves around standardized patient training, where UC Irvine doctors cast actors in patient roles based on real cases. By playing their parts well, these actors help doctors- and nurses-in-training learn to diagnose and interact with patients.


To enhance the medical education of students and residents through experiential learning utilizing standardized patient training, simulation and telemedicine to help produce competent, communicative, caring clinicians of strong ethical character.