Wichman Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center facility hallway with computer stations

Wichman Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center

Practice for the Real World

The Wichman Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center (CTAC) is a state-of-the-art clinical learning environment where future health care professionals can hone and demonstrate their skills in physical examination, history-taking, communication and patient care with access to standardized patients and the latest educational technology.

Our Facility

The CTAC facility has 24 clinical rooms where health sciences learners practice and are tested on interviewing and physical examination skills. Rooms are equipped with ceiling-mounted video cameras and microphones that allow digital capture of learners’ encounters with standardized patients and faculty. All rooms simulate a standard clinical examination room and contain medical equipment, including otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, examination tables and sinks. Each room can accommodate up to six people comfortably for group sessions. CTAC is also equipped with conference rooms and classrooms near the exam rooms.

View into an exam room in the Wichman Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center

Standardized Patient Program

The Standardized Patient program began in 1994 and is an integral part of CTAC. Standardized patients are trained to portray a patient in realistic and repeatable ways to ensure a consistent experience for learning and evaluation.

Become a standardized patient
Student practices hands on learning by giving a patient an eye exam

Hours and Location

CTAC is located on the third floor of the Health Sciences Learning Center.
750 Highland Avenue in Madison

Open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed on some holidays