Description: Students are asked to "act out" a part. In doing so, they get a better idea of the concepts and theories being discussed. Role-playing exercises can range from the simple (e.g., "How would you introduce yourself to a patient?”) to the complex (after a student details a clinical experience that appears to have some ethical issues for how to treat patients, you ask partners to role play how they would address the situation).
Benefits: Role-playing helps students practice their future interactions with patients. Students improve conversations skills. By explaining concepts to “patients”, they practice putting difficult concepts into layman’s terms, and teaching to others helps students retain their knowledge as well.