Standardized Patient Training

ACGC will be sending out additional information this week in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on programs; however, we wanted to also make you aware of an opportunity available to all programs taking place tomorrow:

Standardized patient training is being offered on Thursday, April 9th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT. For more information, please contact Colleen Dougherty, MS, CGC at, the lead for this project.
Standardized Patient training will be performed with the help of:
Janet K. Willhaus, PhD, RN, CHSE, CHSOS
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation
Boise State University School of Nursing

Janet Willhaus is a nurse educator and scholar with more than 17 years of healthcare simulation teaching experience. She is certified in both simulation education (CHSE) and operations (CHSOS) and she directs the Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Simulation at Boise State. At the international level, Dr. Willhaus currently serves as the President-elect for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Under Willhaus’ leadership, the Boise State Simulation team earned international recognition as the winners of the 2018 INACSL Excellence Award as Frontline Service Champions.

This project is a result of collaboration between multiple GC training programs: Bay Path University, Boise State University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Columbia University, Emory University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Ohio State University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, University of South Carolina

Supervisors as standardized patients: ACGC recommends that before a supervisor acts as a standardized patient, they receive appropriate training, and that the encounter be fully developed with objectives and outcome measures formulated for each specific student prior to initiating the case experience. These encounters may be used toward the 50 required cases for genetic counseling students. Many programs already use standardized patients for their program and may be willing to assist with case development or training tips. AGCPD has many resources regarding standardized patient scenarios.

ACGC Guidance Related to Compliance with the Standards in Time of COVID-19 View Here