Department of Medical Education

Skills Assessment and Training Center

photo of residents in the skills assessment and training center
Let us help you improve your clinical program

What we do

As the demand for improved clinical, interpersonal, and communicative health care increases, specialized training in these areas is essential for your students' success. Let the Skills Assessment & Training Center at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine give your program the edge in today's health care market. Both in-house and online training is available.

We offer a comprehensive clinical training program that incorporates the use of standardized patients to develop:
  • Interpersonal communication skills -- one of the keys for successful interviewing practices for all healthcare providers
  • Clinical and cultural competency that includes the physical examination and clinical decision-making skills
  • Clinical/patient rapport as it relates to each individual health care environment
  • Performance standards as they relate to your particular medical environment

How it works

  • Standardized patients are individuals who are specially trained to portray various patients and cases, with specific physical findings and histories/backgrounds. Our standardized patients have worked with a wide range of student populations and a variety of health profession education programs, including pharmacy, nursing, nursing practitioners, physician assistants, and medicine
  • Because our standardized patients come from all walks of life and experiences, our program provides you a cross-section of diversity in patient portrayal
  • We can offer you programs already designed to fit your particular needs or we can design and create a new program based on your specific criteria
Why use Standardized Clinical Encounters?
  • Standardized patients provide a "real life" component for your training needs. We use "real people" to role-play life experiences within a simulated environment
  • Standardized patients provide effective and immediate feedback for your trainees
  • Standardized patients provide enhanced assessment of your particular programs' competencies and needs
  • Standardized patient encounters provide a safe and confidential environment for practicing ethical dilemmas, sensitive medical situations, and physical examinations
  • Standardized patients have been used in medical education for 38 years. Wright State University School of Medicine has had an active and ongoing program since 1980


Gregory J. Toussaint, M.D.

Medical Education - BSOM
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education
White Hall 210, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Karen Bertke, M.Ed.

Medical Education - BSOM
Manager, Skills Assessment Training Center
White Hall 222, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Sean Patric Gregory Devine, B.A.

Medical Education - BSOM
Simulated Patient Training Coordinator and Recruiter
White Hall 290, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Last edited on 07/17/2019.