Course Description

A simulated patient [SP] is an individual who is trained to act as a real patient in order to simulate a set of symptoms/ problems. Simulated patients have been successfully used in Medical Education, Nursing Education, Evaluation & Research. The simulated patients have extensively contributed to Health Professions Education by allowing learners to practice and improve their clinical & conversational skills for an actual patient encounter ‘Becoming a Simulated Patient – Foundations Course Certificate’ program is aimed at simulated patients or individuals who are interested to be SPs to get a basic understanding of SP Program, roles and responsibilities of SPs and related logistics.

Course Objectives

Up on successful completion of the course, the learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the concept of simulated patients in health professions education

  • Understand the role of simulated patients in health professions education

  • Familiarize with selected role plays/ scenarios

  • Secure a professional development certificate

Is this course for me?

Are you interested in contributing towards the education of future healthcare professionals? Do you have a flair in acting? Are you interested to do the role of a patient or a family member in a ‘simulated’ setting? If yes, then this course is for you.

Course curriculum

    1. Why do you want to take this course?

    2. Welcome to the Course

    3. Course Objectives

    1. 1.1 Simulated Patient

    2. 1.2 Standardized Patient

    3. 1.3 SPs are..

    4. 1.4 Recruitment​

    5. 1.5 Casting​

    6. 1.6 What is Expected from an SP?

    7. 1.7 What can SPs expect from us?

    1. 2.1 Teaching

    2. 2.2 Provide Feedback to the Students​

    3. 2.3 Assessment

    4. 2.4 Contribute in the development of new knowledge through research

    5. 2.8 Activity - Time to reflect​

    1. 3.1 Scenario 1

    2. 3.2 Activity

    3. 3.3 Scenario 2

    4. 3.4 Activity

    5. 3.5 Scenario 3

    6. 3.6 Scenario 4

    7. Preparing for the Simulation Session

    1. Assessment 1: Select the most appropriate answer

    2. SP Candidate Personal Information Questionnaire

    3. Course Evaluation

    4. Thank you


This self-paced online course consists of 3 modules. Upon successful completion of all modules, assessment and course evaluation, the participants will receive a course completion certificate.

Meet your Instructor

Meghana Sudhir

Senior Simulation Educator - Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center (KHMSC)

Meghana Sudhir is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator -Advanced (CHSE-A) with several years of experience in health professions education and more than a decade in Simulation-Based Education [SBE]. She has been instrumental in setting up Simulated Patient Program in the United Arab Emirates and leads the program at MBRU. She is the recipient of the most prestigious award, ‘ASPE Outstanding Educator of the Year 2021’

Special Contributors

Nabil Zary

Professor of Medical Education, Director of Institute for Excellence in Health Professions Education, MBRU

Tricia Tieleman

Manager - Center for Learning and Teaching


Sharon Mascarenhas, Dr Jolly Isaac, Safeeja Abdul Rahuman, Jalal Alfroukh, Zubair Hamza, Justine Bautista, and Dr Rasha Buhumaid., Dr Pedro Borrego

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Learning Design Team

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Learning Technologist