Becoming A Standardized Patient
A SP is a healthy 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. They are also trained on how to provide effective feedback to learners, from a patient’s perspective. Feedback is one of the most important skills of the SP. They are used to help teach and assess students interviewing skills, physical exam skills and interpersonal communication skills.
What qualities make a good SP?
- Accuracy in memorization of case details
- Ability to follow instructions
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Lack of bias towards the health care system
- Reliability and punctuality
- Ability to work with others
- Comfort with role playing and providing feedback in a small group setting
Who is eligible?
Do I have to be an actor?
What types of physical examinations would be done?
How often would I work?
How much does SP work pay?
What else should I know about being a SP?
How does one become a Standardized Patient?
Applications are always accepted, but the program may not be actively hiring at the time. The program does the bulk of its hiring once a year in late spring and throughout the summer in preparation for the school year in September. There are several components to our hiring process including a phone interview, onsite group interview and a required multi-day orientation. These activities allow for a thorough assessment of suitability for the program.
If you wish to become an SP, please complete the application form. Once submitted, you may be contacted. Should you require more information about the program please contact one of the Clinical Skills / Standardized Patient Program Coordinators below: