MCG Educational Simulation is made up of three distinct, yet collaborative programs: simulation, clinical skills assessment and standardized patients. Our team of faculty and staff utilize the resources and expertise available to them to provide the best simulated learning experiences for MCG learners across the spectrum of education.

The majority of Educational Simulation activities occur at the Augusta University Interdisciplinary Simulation and Clinical Skills Center. To learn more about the center and to take a virtual tour, visit Augusta University Interdisciplinary Simulation Center.

SIM RoomThe Simulation Program at MCG provides immersive simulated clinical experiences using low- and high-fidelity mannequins, task trainers, and other hands-on technologies which provide opportunities for individual, group, and interprofessional learning.  Simulation is integrated across the spectrum of medical education including medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.

Exam Room 2The Clinical Skills Assessment Program at the Medical College of Georgia is structured to provide an integrated clinical skills assessment across the medical student curriculum. The students take their physical diagnosis course, which teaches them the basics of the physical examination. At the end of each Phase of the curriculum a structured OSCE is provided to assess students' history taking, physical examination skills and patient communication. Students start with standardized patient contact in the first month of medical school. It is our goal to ensure that students are well-trained clinicians and to set our students up for success with their clinical activities and licensing examinations.

Clinical Skills Center

Standardized Patients (SPs) are actors trained in various scenarios to portray patients, family members, translators, or other members of the health care team for the purpose of teaching and/or testing students or health care professionals within our educational program including MCG courses, simulations and OSCEs. Our program is designed to teach and assess various skills necessary for healthcare professionals to practice safe, effective, and compassionate care.

The program emphasizes the importance of:

  • Communication skills
  • Bedside manner
  • Professionalism
  • History taking skills
  • Physical examination skills
  • Counseling and professionalism skills
  • Procedural based skills

Become a Standardized Patient
Our SPs come from all walks of life and are between 18-85 years of age. We strive to have a diverse roster of individuals of any race, ethnicity, religion, and national origin. Many of our SPs have backgrounds in education, social work, or some medical profession, but all must possess excellent communications skills. Most of our SPs find that their motivation to become part of the Standardized Patient Program is to positively influence the education and training of future health care providers.

Successful standardized patients are:

  • Committed to the education of future health professionals
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Excellent communicators with strong interpersonal skills
  • Able and willing to work cooperatively with program staff, learners, faculty and administrators
  • Flexible with scheduling and assignments (note: most simulation projects take place during traditional business hours, but occasionally on weekends)

If you are interested in the program and have questions, contact MCG Educational Simulation at (706) 721-9417 or e-mail If you are ready to apply to be a standardized patient, click on the link below and a team member will be in contact with you.

Apply to be a Standardized Patient