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A clinical skills or clinical practice examination (CSE, CSA, CPX) is a station or series of stations designed to assess the key clinical competencies of history-taking, physical examination, communication, and interpersonal and professionalism skills. Learners are expected to structure the history, physical examination, and/or other tasks (counseling, education, etc.) necessary based on the presenting complaint. Documentation of findings, differential diagnosis/diagnosis, diagnostic work-up, and/or therapeutic work-up may be included. Learners are evaluated via direct observation, checklists, learner presentation or written follow-up exercises. The examinations can be either formative or summative and may involve feedback. Station length is typically 10-20 minutes, but can be longer.

Standardized Patient and Simulation Terminology Standards of Practice (retrieved from 04/14/2012)


A confederate is an individual other than the patient who is scripted in a simulation to provide realism, additional challenges, or additional information for the learner (e.g. paramedic, receptionist, family member, lab technician).


An attempt to mimic essential aspects of a clinical situation with the goal of understanding and managing the situation better when it occurs in actual clinical practice. A technique that uses a situation or environment created to allow persons to experience a representation of a real event for the purpose of practice, learning, evaluation, testing, or to gain understanding of systems or human actions

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