Standardized Patient Program

As you are all aware the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on all University of Alberta operations.  Please be advised that due to the continued reduction in building occupancy, resulting building closures, limited capacity of ancillary services, and continued cancellation/postponement of a simulation activity, we have had to temporarily suspend all simulation event services, standardized patient services, licensing exam administration services, as well as access to the simulation facilities within the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons.  Unfortunately this includes the temporary lay off of all staff members who provide these services.  We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and work with our major stakeholders to understand the need for our services into the fall in order to minimize the impact on all users of our services and facilities.

Please direct all inquiries related to simulation event bookings, the standardized patient program, or licensing exam services to  During the temporary shut down of our services and facilities, the HSCinfo email address will continue to be monitored.   As we are working with a significantly reduced staff compliment, your patience is greatly appreciated as there may be delays in replying to your inquiry.

Thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to continuing to serve you in the fall. 

Standardized patients (SPs) play an important role in health sciences education across all disciplines. A Standardized Patient is a person who has been trained to accurately and consistently portray an actual patient at a particular point in time; the SP presents with the patient's history, personality, physical finding, emotional structure and response pattern. Why not just use actual patients? While actual or 'volunteer' patients are sometimes used for training, their changing health status makes them unsuitable for situations that require objectivity and consistency. By using trained SPs, we can ensure that each student encounters the same 'patient', allowing for more consistency in training, learning and assessment.
The Program provides Standardized Patients for educational programs across faculties at the University of Alberta, and to external clients including Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), MacEwan University, Alberta Health Services and the private sector. Our SP Program is available to any group that wants to use simulation to create authentic, interactive experiences with trained professionals.

What is a Standardized Patient?

Bariatric transfer simulation

Learn more about Standardized Patients

Standardized Patient Interview on CBC Radio

CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition host Michael Enright interviews Standardized Patients about their profession and how they're helping to shape the next generation of medical professionals. Including two of UAlberta's Standardized Patients' Penney Tucker and Fred Hoeber. Listen to the interview here.