History of The Morchand Center

In 1991, Marietta Morchand donated $1 million to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in commemoration of her late husband, Charles C., a medical publisher, and her deceased son, Charles A., to create The Morchand Center to promote medical education and patient-centered care. This state-of-the-art center, which promotes medical training and humanistic care through the use of Standardized Patients (SPs), was the first of its kind in the tri-state area and one of the first in the nation.

Thanks to this and other grants, thousands of medical students and other health care professionals from coast to coast have had the opportunity to learn clinical skills in a variety of simulated medical encounters. In addition, learner interactions with Standardized Patients allow for immediate trainee feedback. This, along with other experiential and didactic tools, makes SP methodology uniquely suited for assessing interpersonal communication skills.


Contact Us

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1127
New York, NY 10029-6574
Tel: 212-241-0612
Fax: 212- 996-1091

What are Standardized Patients?

At The Morchand Center Standardized Patients, or SPs, are experienced, professional actors who are specially trained to simulate the signs and symptoms of an illness, in simulated doctor-patient encounters, and to provide feedback to medical learners. Actors pass a rigorous audition process to become SPs at The Morchand Center. In addition to being trained to assess medical learners, SPs are routinely assessed themselves to assure they are delivering consistent, accurate and standardized portrayals, and reliable ratings of trainees.