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Standardized Patients

Doctor talking with standardized patientThe 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 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 and submit the information form. We will respond to your submission within four weeks.

Information Form


What type of people are you looking for?

  • Individuals of 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 Standardized Patients (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.