Japan Association of Simulated Patients

Medical interviews in English


  A student taking medical history

Japan Association of English-speaking Simulated Patients (JASPE) is an organization of non-Japanese people who act as patients for medical students and healthcare professionals to
practice communication skills in English.

What are Simulated Patients?
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A nurse explaining the equipment in the ward

Simulated Patients (SPs) receive training to act as real patients. A specific scenario, such as a patient with a stomachache, chest pain, cough, etc., is given to the SPs to practice. SPs also practice giving feedback to students. Giving good feedback helps students to be motivated and further develop their interviewing skills.

As of April 1, 2016, there are more than 30 SPs from Australia, China, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, UK, US, etc. There are 3 SPs in the Kansai area, 2SPs in both Hamamatsu and Akita, and 1 SP in Fukuoka.