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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 180–183 | Cite as

Teaching the Mental Status Examination to Medical Students by Using a Standardized Patient in a Large Group Setting

  • Catherine A. Birndorf
  • Marsha E. Kaye
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Abstract

The authors describe their recent experience in using a standardized patient (SP) to illustrate the mental status examination (MSE) to 170 second-year medical students in a large classroom setting. An SP was trained to portray a patient with schizophrenia who was interviewed during the MSE lecture. A six-question survey was distributed to the students to evaluate how the students felt about the learning experience. Results show that the majority of students felt that using an SP in a large classroom setting helped them to understand the material better and was a useful teaching tool. Follow-up studies are under way to objectively measure students’ integration and retention of the lecture material.

Keywords

Medical Student Academic Psychiatry Standardize Patient Real Patient Lecture Material 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesNorthwestern University, The Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.The Feinberg School of Medicine, Clinical Education and Evaluation Center of the Office of Medical Education and Faculty DevelopmentNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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