"Where there is love for mankind there is love for the art of healing."—Hippocrates
The Morchand Center was the first resource of its kind which offered faculty the ability to evaluate students in the clinical setting, without risk to patient care. Development of the groundbreaking process quickly became valued in medical education and is now included as part of the medical licensing process.
Hippocrates’ words greet visitors as they enter The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence, which is permeated by a philosophy of caring and concern. Exciting, exacting, and extraordinary, The Morchand Center is dedicated to training today's medical students to become tomorrow's compassionate physicians.
Using the Standardized Patient (SP) methodology to train and assess students, residents, and other health care professionals, the Center promotes medical training and humanistic care. It offers an ideal platform for teaching, learning, evaluating, and providing and receiving feedback on the essential skills required to care for patients.
Fully integrated within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), the Center uses 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. Closed-circuit digital video cameras and microphones are linked to a separate observation theatre so that we can monitor, record, and review students’ interactions with Standardized Patients.
This process allows for immediate trainee feedback. This, along with other experiential and didactic tools, makes SP methodology particularly well-suited for assessing and improving interpersonal communication skills.
At The Morchand Center, Standardized Patients (SP) are experienced, professional actors who are specially trained to mimic 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 and receive training in assessing medical learners. We routinely evaluate SPs to ensure they are delivering consistent, accurate and standardized portrayals, and reliable ratings of trainees.