Lincoln Memorial University

Clinical Exam Center


Standardized Patient and Patient Model Program

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) is dedicated to creating an environment which hones the professional skills of future health care providers. The communication that is fostered here in this clinical surrounding is key in attributing to a more accurate learning experience for these future health care providers.

LMU-DCOM conducts Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) using Standardized Patients (SP) and Patient Models (PM). The commitment and dedication from our Standardized Patients and/or Patient Models is greatly appreciated, we certainly want to ensure that their continued support is fulfilling, enriching and enjoyable. Please carefully review the handbook which will contribute to your experience with the LMU-DCOM Standardized Patient/Patient Model Program.


Definition of Standardized Patient & Performance criteria:

Standardized Patients (SP) are part time employees here at Lincoln Memorial University – Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. The SP’s have been trained to portray a specific patient scenario. They are given details of patient and family histories, symptoms, and medications along with other information that prepares them to act out these scenarios with students from the various health professions here on campus.


Definition of Standardized Client & Performance criteria:

Standardized Client (SC) is a part-time employee that has been trained to portray a specific client scenario. They are given details of fictional clients unique to the exercise and instruction how to interact with students of health professions as well as assisting in inter-professional education opportunities for students of various disciplines.  


Definition of Patient Model:

Patient Models (PM) are also part time employee here at Lincoln Memorial University – Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.  PM’s are willing to serve as actual patients for complete physical examination trainings that include genital and rectum for males, and for females, pelvic and breast exams. There may be multiple people in the room while the patient modeling encounter occurs, including, but not limited to, students, facilitators/instructors, proctors/monitors and other patient models. Patient Models will receive an initial examination each semester from a licensed physician for the purpose of establishing a baseline from which the physician can instruct students. This examination does not constitute the beginnings of a doctor/patient relationship. The Patient Model must sign a release form agreeing to these conditions. Patient Model encounters are not recorded. Patient Models may be asked to provide written or verbal comments about their encounter. They may also be trained to instruct students in proper technique.



Jeremy BuchananB
Clinical Exam Center Manager
Interprofessional Education and Development Coordinator
[email protected]
DCOM office 208

Sue CobbB
Standardized Patient/Patient Model Coordinator
[email protected]
DCOM office 204


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