Professional Development Center

Standardized Patients

"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.


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