A Standardized Patient Case: A Teen Questioning His/Her Sexuality is Bullied at School

Date of Review: February, 2019

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, includes all necessary materials to implement a standardized-patient (SP) case scenario to help learners learn to talk with adolescents about sexual orientation, bullying, and mental health. The packet includes the case instructions for the learner (M2, in this case), for the SP, and for faculty facilitators. Additionally, the packet includes detailed discussion of the methods used to train the SPs for authenticity in portraying the case and a supplemental handout of available resources pertaining to LGBT health. Of note, learners in the described curriculum have previous course content pertaining to LGBT health; this case is one of two addressing LGBT learning objectives in the twelve-case M2 Advanced Medical Interviewing course. This particular SP case is not intended as an introductory session. Both learners and faculty observers noted student educational gains in knowledge and skill, though formal assessment was not completed given the formative nature of the course. Very minor changes in the case would be necessary to implement outside of Pittsburgh, PA (i.e. Frick Park would need to be re-named to a local park). — Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS and Katy Wright, PhD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:



University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Pittsburgh, PA

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

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Level of Learner Assessment:

Demonstration of skill in a controlled environment (OSCE, Simulation)


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