International Course for SP Educators


“Ashe truly international course for SP-educators that gives you the opportunity to meet and work with international colleagues shaping simulated patients’ education around the globe.” Jan-Joost Rethans, Course Coordinator

Program Information

This unique European course for SP educators covers how to use Simulated and Standardized Patients in your curriculum for training, assessment and research with SPs. This course is developed in collaboration with ASPE (Association of Simulated and Standardized Patient Educators). Course leaders are the current international leaders in the field of SP methodology and maintain leading executive board positions of ASPE. Earlier successful courses with the same staff have been given at several Asian Pacific Medical Education Conferences in Singapore.

The aim (in line with the mission of ASPE) is to support the development and advancement of Simulated/Standardized Patient (SP) education and research in the health sciences. The course also aims to foster national and international, foremost European, collaboration. Taking part in the course will bring your level of expertise in the domain of SPs up-to-date for 2014.


The emphasis of the course is on active learning-by-doing. Course methods will include a mixture of demonstration of techniques, short mini lectures and “doing-it-yourself” followed by discussion and feedback, and small-group work. Participants will be asked to bring along their own SP cases that will be utilized during the conference. Throughout the three days, participants will experience interactive learning. The course will provide a platform for the exchange of international experiences with ample opportunities to bring in local/national problems. You can meet, work and network with other international SP educators and visit the FHML skills lab, which was the first skills lab in the world and is still unique.

Student Profile

The course level will focus on SP educators or those who consider themselves to be SP educators who already have some experience in working with simulated/standardized patients. The course specifically (but not only) aims to attract a variety of SP educators from a number of European countries. By doing so, the course hopes to foster national and international, foremost European, collaboration. To compose this group for international collaboration, subscription to the course will be by application only.

Tentative Program

The course will cover the theory behind simulation and simulated/standardized patient methodology, in


  • The basics of SP training using a variety of techniques
  • Designing assessments using SPs (case writing, checklist development, training, role accuracy, validity, reliability)
  • Training SPs to provide feedback (several instruments will be used)
  • Conducting quality assurance of SP performances
  • Recruiting, selecting and managing a successful SP bank
  • Research with SPs: state of the art; how to choose an SP research topic
  • Skills for how to teach others (faculty development of SP educators)


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