Actors Teach Medical School Students


It looks like an average doctors visit, but it’s not. Here cameras are rolling, the doctor is a student, and the patient is an actor.

“Yes, you could say that the standardized patients are actors, but they act within the script that we give them,” says Dr. Elma I. LeDoux of Tulane Univeristy School of Medicine.

This is a glimpse inside Tulane Medical Schools Standardized Patient Program. It’s a simulated clinic where our future doctors get to practice on real people and work out the nerves.

Student Brian Agganis says, “For a lot of us, we just come into med school and a lot of people just don’t have experience working with people in that setting, so this is really our first chance to practice in what ends up being a very realistic setting.”

“These are participants who are trained in organ systems, and they are also trained to assess…

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