How do I become a Standardized Patient?
If you think you might be interested in becoming a Standardized Patient, here is some additional information you should know.
What are the qualifications to become a Standardized Patient?
In order to be an SP with the Standardized Patient Program, the following qualifications are necessary:
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Bi-Lingual is a plus, but not a requirement for participation
- Ability to read, memorize lines and understand intent of scenarios
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to work cooperatively and professionally with learners, faculty and administrators
- Demonstrated ability to be trained by the Standardized Patient Educator and consistently simulate a case scenario in a standardized, accurate and reliable manner
- Flexibility regarding scheduling and case assignments
- Basic computer skills to be able to complete computer-based checklists
What experience do I need to become a Standardized Patient?
Our SPs come from all walks of life and bring a variety of experiences with them. SPs generally have an interest in education and/or personal health. They have excellent communication skills and are patient with those who are learning new skills. SPs must also have the flexibility to participate in exams and exercises that take place during all times of the day.
What type of people are we looking for?
- Strong communication skills and the ability to take direction
- People with flexible schedules.
- People who are reliable and punctual.
- People who have the ability to collaborate and work well with others.
- People with computer skills who have the ability to correspond via email, manage Google calendar and navigate the internet for training purposes.
What responsibilities would I have as a Standardized Patient?
Once you join the SP Program and begin working with our learners, we ask for your commitment to this learning process. Some of the responsibilities include:
- Portraying medical or non-medical scenarios or cases in teaching and/or assessment activities
- Simulating all aspects of scenarios, using history of a current problem, in a standardized and accurate manner
- Participating in mock interviews, counseling and/or physical examinations
- Providing feedback to learners in a constructive manner as trained by the Standardized Patient Educator
- Using ongoing feedback from Standardized Patient Educator to incorporate into future case simulation
- Completing checklists accurately and consistently per training from the Standardized Patient Educator
- Performing related duties as assigned
Who is eligible to be a Standardized Patient?
To ensure that learners interact with a diverse group of “patients” within a clinical setting, we are recruiting both males and females, 18 years of age and older, of all ethnicities and cultures.
How will I be trained as a Standardized Patient?
You will undergo extensive training which varies according to the type of case/scenario you are portraying. Some SPs are asked to work with learners who are practicing a certain skill. Others are involved in exams to evaluate how well learners have learned skills. The training will be either one-on-one or in a group setting. The goal of the training session is to ensure that you have a thorough knowledge of the case and that SPs portray the case in a “standardized” way. Individual training sessions are usually no more than two hours.
What do SPs wear?
For history only cases, SPs wear street clothes. For history, physical exam cases and modeling, SPs wear hospital gowns with undergarments. Men wear gym shorts and women wear bras and gym shorts.
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 one to three sessions depending on the scenario and usually occurs in the Clinical Skills Center. Each training session is one to three hours. A performance event can last from one up to eight hours. All training and performances (with a few exceptions) take place Monday through Friday during regular work hours. Employment is on an as needed basis and is dependent on the age, gender and body build of the patient being portrayed as well as the experience of the Standardized Patient.
What is the pay?
All time spent training in the Center and in performance is paid time. There is an expectation that some work will be done at home as well.
- The hourly rate for training and performances is $20/hr.
- The hourly rate for modeling is $17/hr.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in the SP Program, simply fill out the Application Form. Upon receipt of your application, you may be contacted for a phone interview.
Spread the word about the Standardized Patient Program. Feel free to print or email the Standardized Patient Recruiting Flyer to friends and family!