Physician assistant students gain relevant, hands-on experience in the Standardized Performance Assessment Laboratory (SPAL).
Students interact with standardized patients who are trained to play the role of actual patients.They enhance communication and diagnostic reasoning skills in a controlled environment before working with patients in clinical settings.
SPAL lets faculty assess students’ skills, attitudes and provider/patient relationships in a real-world setting. First-year PA students have nine SPAL practicals and one in their second year.
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