The Clinical Skills Center (CSC) at UC Irvine provides
students a supportive approach to clinical assessment and reasoning that
ultimately improves patient care. The CSC’s core activities revolve
around the Standardized Patient Program, which allows students to develop
skills in physical exams, communication, taking patient histories, and other
aspects of clinical practice. The Standardized Patient Program allows students to
work with individuals trained to portray the roles of patients, family members,
or others, and is integrated across the four years of medical education. Students
in UC Irvine’s graduate nursing and resident programs also participate in the
CSC’s Standardized Patient sessions.
In addition to the Standardized Patient Program, CSC works closely with the Ultrasound Initiative, which offers hands-on learning experiences in bedside ultrasound. The CSC helps assess students’ progress toward the Ultrasound Initiative’s objectives.
Located in the Medical Education Building, the CSC’s facility fosters these core programs. The CSC has 17 patient rooms, including three high-fidelity rooms suitable for simulation scenarios. The CSC records all student encounters, both summative and formative. This allows the CSC to offer performance review to both faculty and students. Faculty can remotely access the CSC’s system to review student performance, and students can review their work with faculty or staff.
The CSC’s programs also incorporate the School of Medicine’s iMedEd Initiative, which offers students Apple iPads to facilitate technologically advanced medical education and practice. The CSC asks students to use iPads to video-chat with Standardized Patients and to teach Standardized Patients using DrawMD—an iPad program—during exam scenarios.
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.