MSc⁺ Courses

  • Date 
    May 08 - 10, 2019
    Application Deadline 
    March 1, 2019
Course fee
  • € 1.200
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Simulated & Standardized Patients

The 2019 SSP course is fully booked.
"A truly international course for SP-educators that gives you the opportunity to meet and work with international colleagues shaping simulated patients’ education around the globe."

Jan-Joost Rethans, Course Coordinator

Programme information

This unique European course for SP educators covers how to use Simulated and Standardized Patients in your curriculum for training, assessment and research with SPs. This course is developed in collaboration with ASPE (Association of Simulated and Standardized Patient Educators). Course leaders are the current international leaders in the field of SP methodology and maintain leading executive board positions of ASPE. Earlier successful courses with the same staff have been given at several Asian Pacific Medical Education Conferences in Singapore.

The aim (in line with the mission of ASPE) is to support the development and advancement of Simulated/Standardized Patient (SP) education and research in the health sciences. The course also aims to foster national and international, foremost European, collaboration. Taking part in the course will bring your level of expertise in the domain of SPs up-to-date for 2020.

Training Simulated and Standardized Patients SHE, Maastricht University


The emphasis of the course is on active learning-by-doing. Course methods will include a mixture of demonstration of techniques, short mini lectures, ‘doing-it-yourself’ followed by discussion and feedback, and small-group work. Participants will be asked to bring along their own SP cases that will be utilised during the conference. Throughout the three days, participants will experience interactive learning. The course will provide a platform for the exchange of international experiences with ample opportunities to bring in local/national problems. You can meet, work and network with other international SP educators and visit the FHML skills lab, which was the first skills lab in the world and is still unique.

Student Profile

The course level will focus on SP educators or those who consider themselves to be SP educators who already have some experience in working with simulated/standardized patients. The course specifically (but not only) aims to attract a variety of SP educators from a number of European countries. By doing so, the course hopes to foster national and international, foremost European, collaboration. To compose this group for international collaboration, subscription to the course will be by application only.

Tentative Programme

The course will cover the theory behind simulation and simulated/standardized patient methodology, in particular:

  • The basics of SP training using a variety of techniques
  • Designing assessments using SPs (case writing, checklist development, training, role accuracy, validity, reliability)
  • Training SPs to provide feedback (several instruments will be used)
  • Conducting quality assurance of SP performances
  • Recruiting, selecting and managing a successful SP bank
  • Research with SPs: state of the art; how to choose an SP research topic
  • Skills for how to teach others (faculty development of SP educators)

Simulated and Standardized Patients course SHE, Maastricht University

SHE Cancellation policy and refunds

Course cancellation by the organisation:

SHE reserves its right to cancel the course in case of major circumstances. Insufficient enrolment can also justify course cancellation but in this case, participants shall be informed by email by March 11th 2019. In such unlikely circumstances, any registration fees for the cancelled programme will be fully refunded.

However, SHE cannot be taken responsible for any expense engaged by the participant such as non-refundable flight ticket or hotel reservation. Furthermore, SHE cannot be taken responsible for any expense engaged by the participant for this course in case she/he is unable to be receive cancellation notice from SHE using the contact information provided on the registration form (email and/or professional and cellular telephone numbers).

Principal Staff involved

  • Jan-Joost Rethans, Course Coordinator
  • Karen Szauter
  • Gayle Gliva