History

1989 - The Simulated Patient Program (SPP), the predecessor of the Standardized Patient Program, was launched in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Under the direction of Jerry Vannatta, M.D., the program provided students and residents increased access to realistic clinical skills practice.  Since that time, the trained Standardized Patients have been an integral part of the College's first- and second-year educational program.

2001 - Under the direction of Chris Candler, M.D., the College of Medicine established the first Procedural Skills and Simulation Center in the Basic Science Education Building (BSEB) on the Health Sciences Center campus.  The Human Patient Simulator was the cornerstone of this facility.

Over the next three years, utilization of the facility was promoted and expanded, with the center moving to a larger space within the BSEB.

2007 - Simulation Training and the Standardized Patient Program were placed in the Office of Educational Development & Support (OEDS) under the leadership of Dr. Sheila M. Crow.

2007 - An anonymous private donor contributed $500,000 to establish the Dr. Sheila M. Crow and Dr. Richard D. Husband Clinical Skills Education & Testing Center (CSETC). This generous donation served as the impetus for securing a permanent location for the CSETC and for expanding the training and evaluation activities to include advanced simulation technology across the spectrum of medical education.

2009 - The CSETC moved into a new 22,000 square foot facility located in the OU Children's Physicians Building, 6th Floor, Garrison Tower on the OU Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City.

The CSETC is named for a University of Oklahoma educator, who has devoted years to improving medical curricula, and for a veteran physician, who made improved training for young doctors the mission of his career. 

Sheila M. Crow, Ph.D. - Dr. Crow is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine, and Director of the Office of Educational Development & Support (OEDS). For more than 20 years, she has worked with the University of Oklahoma to provide educational programs for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Actively involved in helping faculty develop curricula to improve student and resident communication skills, Dr. Crow led the charge to establish the Clinical Skills Education & Testing Center (CSETC) at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Crow received her master's degree in psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and her PhD from Union Institute & University.

Richard D. Husband, M.D. - A native of Modesto, California, Dr. Richard Husband earned his medical degree from Stanford University in 1929. Eighty years later, his family honors his contributions to medical education through their support of the Clinical Skills Education & Testing Center at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

After completing his medical training, Dr. Husband returned to Modesto and started the Residency program of Stanislaus County in partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1931. He maintained a private surgical practice until 1968 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps Medical Corps during World War II. Dr. Husband remained an active supporter of medical training programs throughout his life, and his legacy continues today through the continued success of the Stanislaus County Family Medicine Residency Program in California.