Novice Health Care Students Learn Intimate Partner Violence Communication Skills Through Standardized Patient Encounters

Date of Review: October, 2018

This MedEdPORTAL resource describes a standardized patient (SP) session developed to help novice learners develop clinical skills related to intimate partner violence (IPV).  The 80 minute session includes a brief didactic followed by two SP cases with recommended small group size of 6 students to 1 SP + 1 faculty facilitator.  An instructor’s guide, IPV didactic lecture slides, and case instructions for students are provided. Two different case scenarios are included; one demonstrates how to provide resources for patients that choose not to disclose a history of intimate partner violence while the other provides an opportunity for students to practice communication skills with patients who disclose ongoing IPV. These resources may be used in conjunction with the Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey (PREMIS) survey to assess students. Pre- and post-curriculum survey data and knowledge test scores are provided. The suggested small group size is 1 facilitator to 6 students, and it is recommended to include faculty facilitators from diverse backgrounds (e.g. psychology, social work, and medicine). Those adapting the learning materials will wish to update the slides to include local laws related to IPV reporting and local resources. Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS and Katy Wright, PhD, NCEAS


Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Detroit, Michigan

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

Measured change in learner knowledge

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self reflection, blogging with rubric)

Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)


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