Clinical Skills Training and Assessment Center (CSTAC)


College of Medicine Learning Center, 807 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY

“The staff of the training center is very responsive to the needs of faculty and can help solve both logistical and conceptual problems.  They have always been responsive and done their best to help, even when I have made last minute requests”.
John F. Wilson, Ph.D. – UK College of Medicine

“The staff has been exceptional in helping to coordinate the simulation experience for our students.  Joe Gatton provides leadership for all the colleges that utilize this service and encourages inter-professional sharing of ideas and cooperation.”
Lynne A. Jensen, PhD, ARNP, BC – UK College of Nursing

“The SPs and the support staff work very hard to be available and reliable to all the different health care colleges and numerous courses.”
Andrew R. Hoellein, MD, MS, FACP – UK College of Medicine

“I have worked with Joe Gatton and his Standardized Patients for the past three years in different courses and I and I feel that he and his program are great assets to student healthcare education at UK.”
Ronald W. Botto, Ph.D. – UK College of Dentistry


Through innovative teaching and assessment using Standardized Patients and state-of-the-art simulators, the goal of the University of Kentucky’s Clinical Skills Training and Assessment Center (CSTAC) is to educate health care professionals in a non-threatening environment to promote proficiency in communication skills and physical examination. The use of Standardized Patients can range from clinical instruction to formal clinical evaluation for the assessment of communication skills and clinical competencies.

CSTAC is equipped with eleven clinic exam rooms, a forty-four seat computer lab and two conference rooms. Working with the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Therapy, and Social Work among other universities and colleges, curriculum is being developed to incorporate the use of Standardized Patients and simulators that will enable students and residents to learn how to handle emotionally charged and difficult scenarios in a competent and professional manner.


First-year medical students participating in Learning Labs as part of their Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. These labs take place using the Learning Center's 11 fully equipped exam rooms.