Kaplan Clinical Skills Center


The Robert J. Kaplan, M.D. Clinical Skills Center (CSC) is a place for teaching, assessment, and improvement of clinical skills and communication of future physicians and other health care professionals. Clinical skills include physical examination, medical history taking, and interpersonal communication skills. Through the use of standardized patients (SPs), students have the opportunity for hands-on experience. The program uses standardized patients to provide realistic clinical experience to students in risk-free, simulated patient situations, and also allows students to get immediate feedback on these skills.

The Clinical Skills Program was established in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine (COM) in 1999 and was housed in various locations on campus. In August of 2005, the program moved to its permanent home in the Plaza Complex at 920 Madison, Suite 700.

Currently, the program focuses on enhancing students' ability to take patient histories, perform physical exams, and communicate effectively with patients, as well as to assess the students' achievement of clinical skills and professional values. Future learning and assessment projects include inter-professional communication and advanced differential diagnosis and therapy planning.

Working with SPs also helps prepare medical students for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS). This is a national exam for medical students that mirrors a physician's typical day in a clinic and is a requirement for graduation and beginning residency.

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Kaplan Clinical Skills Center

920 Madison
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-4530

Contact: Dr. Beth Choby
Email: bchoby@uthsc.edu
Phone: 448-4530