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Author's Note: How Standardized Patients Work

An acquaintance of mine is a dermatologist, and when I told her I was writing about standardized patients, she laughed. (Oddly enough, she took her standardized patient exam for licensure at the same hospital where Kramer was fictionally undergoing his exam, the Morchand Center for Clinical Competence in New York.) At that laugh, I got excited, ready to get some juicy stories for my article. My research didn't turn up much on the doctor's perspective. Sadly, she claims she doesn't remember much. It was in 2001, she says, too long ago. All she told me was, "It was bizarre." She declined to elaborate. It's killing me.

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