Become a Standardized Patient

What is a Standardized Patient?

The Standardized Patient Program is dedicated to promoting better health outcomes by improving the quality of health education training through the use of SPs, a dynamic educational resource.
  • A Standardized Patient is an individual trained to portray the personal history, physical symptoms, emotional characteristics and everyday concerns of an actual patient.
  • A Standardized Patient is a dynamic educational tool for a variety of settings such as interactive teaching environments, group demonstrations, clinical examinations, videos or portrayal customized to meet the client's needs.

  • A Standardized Patient is trained to provide constructive written and verbal feedback, from the patient's perspective, to further enrich the relationship between physician and patient.

Who are our Standardized Patients?

  • A diverse roster of people from any age, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

  • People with flexible schedules who have an interest in educating the future of health care.

  • Unbiased, emotionally mature, and reliable people who understand the importance of their contribution to health professions.

  • Theatre and film actors and other individuals who have the skill sets necessary to meet the challenges of acting in a variety of scenarios. Ability to memorize a large amount of information and portray it accurately while correctly observing and evaluating the learner's behavior and technique.

  • Those who understand and can appreciate the value of both giving and receiving immediate, on-going, descriptive feedback in an instructional and non-threatening manner, reinforcing positive as well as improvable aspects of a learner's performance.

Apply to become a Standardized Patient
Submit your Headshot for the Standardized Patient Application or e-mail directly to samuel.cohen2@ucsf.edu.