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STUDENTS TRAIN AS PATIENTS
by Michele Coffill | photos by Jess Weal
He ran through
his lines like a
the role well.
Jason Hanna, an
from Lebanon, was
set to portray
"Greg," a man
suffering an allergic
mowing his lawn.
"I kept saying to
myself, 'I'm Greg, not
Jason,'" Hanna said.
He dressed for the part, wearing
a hospital gown over his shorts, and
sat on the examination table. The
door opened and an upper-level
nursing student walked in, offering
her hand and introducing herself.
"And I said, 'Hi, I'm Jason,'"
Despite the minor flub, the rest of
the exercise went smoothly, Hanna
said. He is one of 15 international
students who work as standardized
patients (SPs) in the simulation
center at the Cook-DeVos Center
for Health Sciences. SPs are people
trained to portray a patient in
a simulated health care setting.
Through the SP program, Grand
Valley students who are majoring
in nursing, social work or health
professions have opportunities to
practice and develop skills in a
Program director Cindy Bartman
said bringing international students
into her pool of about 200 SPs
elevates the learning experience
"This is a really unique part of
our program and goes along with
our commitment to diversity,"
Bartman said. "The richness of
diversity international students
bring is tremendous, adding cultural
competency to the many skills
taught in the simulation center."
The partnership between the
SP program and the Padnos
International Center began last
year. Libby Jawish, international
student integration coordinator, said
the program goes beyond helping
international students find a job.
"We have a few nursing and health
professions majors, but not many,"
Jawish said. "Through their work
with Cindy, they get to experience a
different part of campus."
International students are
restricted by their visas to securing
only campus jobs. Students who are
SPs can work as much or as little
as their schedule allows. Typically,
SPs will portray the same patient for
three or four different rotations of
students during a three-hour block.
Bartman and others fill about 600
SP opportunities each semester. For
a SP, the simulations range in degree
of complexity. One day could mean
wearing street clothes and meeting
social work students for interviews.
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