PPS (Patient, Physician and Society)
Our PPS courses for first and second year medical students utilize the Simulation Lab and Standardized Patient Program for practice sessions, special sessions, and examinations.
During PPS 1, the first year medical students are given the opportunity to practice physical exam skills with specially trained Standardized Patients. These SPs give specific feedback to the students, which helps them improve their skills. The students also complete the HxPE exam, which is their first required practice exam with the SPs. This exam allows students to practice taking a history and complete the Lung, Cardiovascular, and Abdominal exams, as well as take vital signs.
In the Spring during PPS 2, first year medical students are required to participate in the Context and Healing and Neurologic Examination sessions with the SPs. They are given the option to review all physical exams they have learned with the SPs. This session prepares the students for the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Skills Exam) that is completed in June.
The second year medical students interact with SPs twice during their PPS 3 course. During the first encounter, "Breaking Bad News", students get the opportunity to practice delivering bad news (i.e. cancer diagnosis) to an SP. The SPs are specially trained to react to the news and have specific questions to ask the "doctor" (student) about the "diagnosis".
The second encounter with SPs during the PPS 3 course is the Clinical Skills Exam, which takes place at the end of PPS 3. The students MUST pass this exam to move on to their clinical rotations. During this exam, the students must perform a complete history and a limited physical exam on two SPs. They are graded on the thoroughness and accuracy of their history and physical exam, as well as on their communication skills.