Office of Medical Education

Learning Center

Standardized Patient Project

SPPWithin the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Learning and Simulation (CALS), an exciting new project is under development. The Standardized Patient Project represents the first opportunity for LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) students and professionals to learn using this modality on our campus since before Hurricane Katrina.

“Standardized patients” are professional actors who are specially trained to simulate patients, their family members, and other healthcare professionals. These actors engage with all types of learners to play out healthcare scenarios, such as doctor visits, hand-offs, and difficult conversations. Learners include medical students, nursing, and allied health students, as well as working healthcare professionals who are seeking continuing education.


By using standardized patients in healthcare education, LSUHSC aims to improve communication between healthcare professionals, their patients, and one another. This project is unique in its focus on culturally humble, trauma-informed interactions that have been developed in collaboration among professional physicians, psychologists, and other academic clinical experts. Student and patient voices are also pivotal to the development of authentic educational experiences.

The Standardized Patient Project facility includes 16 simulated clinical examination rooms, a standardized patient training and locker room, a student preparation area, and a debriefing room. The entire complex is outfitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment that has the ability to capture individual and team training for debriefing and assessment.

Summary of the Space

  • 16 Clinic Grade Patient Exam Rooms

    • All patient training rooms feature multiple camera views for video-recording that can be routed to a large monitor in the debriefing room for near real-time feedback, promoting discussion and post-scenario debriefing.

    • 2 of the clinic exam rooms can function as a hospital room

  • Debriefing Room

  • Student Lounge Area

  • Office Suite

  • Video Monitoring (6 monitors)

Standardized Patient Sample Videos

SP Project features

Getting Here

Visitor parking is available on the first floor of the LSUHSC Roman garage. Parking is #30 on map.  Parking lot address: 425 South Roman Street.

As you exit the parking garage on the ground level, continue northwest on Gravier Street until you get to Prieur Street. Turn left, and the CALS building will be on your right (#12 on the map). Upon entering the building, follow the lobby around toward the left. The entrance to the Standardized Patient Project is on the left, just short of the elevator bay.