Actors Help Students Learn Diagnostics
Vegas Inc. recently featured the innovative teaching methods employed by Touro University Nevada to train the next generation of healthcare providers in the community by using professional actors to simulate patient diagnostic scenarios:
A few times each week, Beverly Washburn and Kerstan Szczepanski are being examined by students at Touro University Nevada.
Inside one of the exam rooms in Touro’s Objective Structured Clinical Experience lab, Washburn complains about certain symptoms or asks for prescription drugs. It’s up to the student to properly assess the situation. Washburn isn’t really ailing; she is a standardized patient, an actor helping Touro students hone their craft.