Standardized Patients and Occupational Therapy

Standardized Patients and simulated learning experiences have been used quite extensively in the MGH Institute Occupational Therapy Program.  Simulation is threaded throughout the entry-level doctor of occupational therapy curriculum in a variety of coursework.  Students work with standardized patients to complement learning in all tenants of occupational therapy practice across a variety of contexts.  The following areas are included in simulated learning experiences in OT:

  • Therapeutic Use of Self
  • History-taking / Occupational Profile Assessment
  • Evaluation / Clinical Skills Assessment
  • Intervention Planning and Care Implementation
  • Shared-Decision Making, Caregiver Education, and Advocacy

For additional information regarding use of simulated learning in occupational therapy education, please contact Dr. Regina Doherty at