Homeless Health Care Simulated Patient Case

Date of Review: June, 2019

This education piece, from MedEdPORTAL, aims to educate trainees on identification and management of unique social conditions and chronic medical illness management of homeless individuals. The teaching scenario is a well constructed Standardized patient vignette that exemplifies a homeless patient struggle with social service support and diabetes management specifically. The teaching scenario was implemented with 12 Internal Medicine Residents, but can be applied to Family Medicine Residency and also medical students in their clerkship. The major strength of the resource is the well constructed SP scenario, timeline for delivery, and explanation of faculty feedback to include review of resident SP videos. The authors collected data on learner satisfaction. However the authors collected performance data based on the trainees prior experience with homeless patients but do not appear to have collected or reported pre/post intervention data. The post session faculty debrief and review of the resident videos seems to uncover learning points from the case scenario, but otherwise there is less clarity on expectations for trainee learning. The SP scenario can be very useful and easy to implement, however the resource overall is not clearly a curriculum.  –Monica Yepes-Rios, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:



University of Chicago

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Chicago, IL

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Relevant Specialty:

Internal Medicine, OBGYN/Women’s Health,

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Outcome and Study Design:

Post Only

Level of Learner Assessment:

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

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