"The Simulated / Standardized Patient (SP) is a person who has been carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician. In performing the simulation, the SP presents the gestalt of the patient being simulated; not just the history, but the body language, the physical findings, and the emotional and personality characteristics as well".
Standardized Patients are
- Both actors and non-actors
- Trained to portray a patient in a simulated medical situation
- Able to consistently reproduce the history, physical findings, and emotions of the "real patient" multiple times a day
- Able to multi-task by portraying the patient and remembering the encounter accurately in order to fill out a checklist
- Able to give constructive feedback, either written or orally
How do I become a Standardized Patient?Fill out the form and we will call you for a phone interview within two weeks. If that goes well you will be invited to attend an audition.
What type of people are you looking for?
- Men & women, all ages and physical types
- People with strong communication skills and the ability to take direction
- People with flexible schedules
- People who are reliable and punctual
What do SPs wear?
- For history only cases, SPs wear street clothes
- For history and physical exam cases, SPs wear hospital gowns with undergarments
What might a student do during a physical exam?
- Listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope
- Look in your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
- Take your blood pressure
- Check your reflexes
- Do an abdominal exam
- NO INTIMATE EXAMS ARE PERFORMED; NO Pelvic, Breast, Genital, or Rectal Exams
What is the time commitment?
- Training involves 1 to 4 sessions depending on the case
- Each training session is 3 hours
- All training and exams (with a few exceptions) take place Monday - Friday during regular work hours
- This is not full time employment; it's occasional, part-time work. Cases are based on age / gender / build.