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This guide is intended for the person playing the standardized patient during the patient interview.

Student(s) completing this activity should NOT read this guide as it is meant to provide the answers to questions asked by the student(s) during the patient interview.

The following bullet points are helpful hints for the standardized patient to perform the patient interview:

  • Student(s) will spend 15 minutes interviewing you.

  • You will be playing the role of patient Jacqueline Scarr. Pages 3–6 are a guide for portraying this patient role.

  • If you are asked a question and the answer is not provided in this guide you can answer, "I’m not sure."

  • Stay in character for the duration of the interview.

  • Listen to the questions the student(s) ask you. Do your best to answer the question that was asked. For example if a student asks, “Do you take medications?”, respond with “Yes.” If the student asks, “Tell me what medication you take,” respond with, “I take Livalo, fenofibrate, Zetia, and Tylenol.” Then let the student ask you the dosages and directions for use that you take for each of these medications.

  • Do not withhold patient information but be aware that the students need to prompt you for the information to provide.

  • Pages 7–8 is a letter with lab results to give to the student. You forgot to include this letter with the MTM Intake Form. Make sure to give this letter to the student(s) by the end of the patient interview. This letter can be placed where the student(s) see it when entering the room for the patient interview.

    • If the student asks if you were fasting when this lab work was taken, respond with “Yes.”

    • If the student asks if a liver function test was included in this lab work, respond with “Yes.”

Standardized Patient Guide

  • Name: Jacqueline Scarr

  • Date of Birth: 3-10-1973 (Today’s date 10-1-19)

  • Age: 46

  • Sex: Female

  • Primary Care Doctor: Dr. Amazo


Normal appearance, normal dress

Why are you here today?

“I really just want to know that what I’m taking is the best thing for me. Three medications seems an awful lot of meds for just one problem, especially when that Livalo is so expensive.”

What has happened?

You (Jacqueline Scarr) are presenting to the MTM clinic today for a follow-up on hyperlipidemia, which you call, “my fats issue.” This is your first MTM consult to date. Dr. Amazo, your PCP, saw you 1 week ago and prescribed two new medications for hyperlipidemia at that time. Before that, you saw Dr. Amazo 1 year ago, at which time he prescribed the statin Livalo. Between these two PCP office visits, you went on an extended vacation traveling the world that was paid for with lottery winnings. ...

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