Standardized Patient

Title Standardized Patient
Department Name Clinical Skills
Supervisor Director of Clinical Skills & Simulation
Non-Exempt On Call


Special Requirements and Conditions

  • Must be willing to wear a hospital gown with only undergarments underneath, while on camera and/or observed live through an observation window or video monitor.
  • Potentially awkward and/or uncomfortable performance of physical examination maneuvers will be experienced by the SP when examinees perform the physical portion of the exam.
  • Comfort with a physical examination of SP’s entire body by medical students and - or physicians is required with exception of rectal, pelvic, genital, female breast and corneal reflex examinations.
  • A physical examination or assessment by the Medical Supervisor may be required as part of being hired for the job and SP’s must be willing to have periodic reassessments during the time employed as an SP.
  • No physical health conditions, which may contradict the assigned case, may exist during assignment as an SP, for specific cases.
  • Standing, sitting, bending, walking, laying down, reaching and lifting are required for this position.


Position Purpose

“Standardized patient” (SP) act/simulate like a real patient and portray the scenario for that day. The Director of Clinical Skills & Simulation will brief on a role the SP will play for that particular day. It may involve simulating like a real patient for a patient interview or be a model for the physical examination.



Essential Function

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Must be able to portray a person other than him or herself effectively and consistently in a standardized way
  • Must be comfortable having repeated physical examination maneuvers performed on self
  • Must be objective when interacting with and rating examinees of all backgrounds
  • Must have strong reading and writing skills to absorb and use the detailed case training and exam procedural information
  • Must have excellent recall in order to rate (feedback) the examinees
  • Must be responsible about keeping track of scheduled work days
  • Must be responsible for bringing all case related materials to training
  • Must be reliable in following rules and procedures for the exam
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills when interacting with other employees
  • Must have comfort with own personal health, so that it does not interfere with the patient being portrayed
  • Must be open to continual retraining regarding portrayal and ratings
  • Must be able to use a simple computer program, mainly involving clicking the “mouse”
  • Must have internet access for email and delivery of case materials and training.
  • Must check emails regularly for any job changes in schedule
  • Must be willing to work a varied schedule due to a potential 6-day per week, schedule of exams for AM and PM shifts
  • Must be prepared to do “Homework” print, study and learn case before day of training and come prepared to training
  • Must keep work area clean, including but not limited to “turning over” the exam rooms: change pillow case, clean exam table with a sterile wipe, change table paper, bring in computer from the hallway and plug in, remove all extra paper or other items left in the room, help other SPs as needed, etc.

Other items as deemed necessary and reasonable to function as a member of the Clinical Skills Team


Minimum Requirement

  • Able to communicate clearly


To apply for an open position, please download and complete CUSM Employment Application. Please type in your signature and email your completed application to HR@calmedu.org with your cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.