The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence

"Where there is love for mankind
there is love for the art of healing."

- Hippocrates

The above quote greets visitors as they enter The Morchand Center and it is this philosophy that has served as the basis for its creation: caring and concern for all. Exciting, exacting and extraordinary, The Morchand Center is dedicated to training today's medical students to become tomorrow's compassionate physicians.

The Morchand Center was the first resource of its kind in the tri-state area and one of the first in the nation. Using Standardized Patient (SP) methodology to train and assess students, residents and many other health care professionals, the Center offers an ideal platform for teaching, learning, evaluation and feedback.

Fully integrated within Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Center utilizes state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technology to teach students to communicate with patients in the thoughtful and sensitive manner necessary for a successful doctor-patient relationship. This is achieved through the use of closed-circuit digital video cameras and microphones, which are linked to a separate observation theatre so that their interactions with Standardized Patients (SPs) can be monitored, recorded and reviewed.

"One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity,
for the secret in the care of the patient is in caring for the patient."

- Francis Weld Peabody, 1881-1927

By incorporating SPs into teaching and assessment practices, The Morchand Center aims to: provide a safe environment in which health care professionals can practice, receive feedback and reflect upon the essential skills for caring for patients.


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.