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November 27, 2013 - USA Clinical Skills Lab Grand Opening

The University of South Alabama recently held a grand opening for its Clinical Skills Lab on Nov. 14, 2013.

The Clinical Skills Lab, located in the Medical Sciences Building on USA’s main campus, is designed to enhance clinical training of health professions students. It gives medicine, nursing, and allied health students an opportunity to interact with standardized patients and learn clinical skills early.

The lab is a 3,300 square-foot space that includes eight fully equipped exam rooms, a waiting room, administrative office, standardized patient break room, observation room, and one large conference room with full instructional capabilities.

During the training exercise, the patient is actually an actor who presents with a set of medical concerns. Exposure to these standardized patients provides the opportunity for students to strengthen interviewing skills, communication skills and master the basics of physical assessment. Each exam room includes audiovisual technology that enables faculty to review encounters in real time or retrospectively, in order to assess student skills and provide feedback.

There are several room naming opportunities available to prospective donors to support the standardized patient program and Clinical Skills Lab. To learn more, contact Racheal Banks at (251) 460-7481 or For more information on the standardized patient program, contact Alison Rudd at

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