Become a Standardized Patient

What is a Standardized Patient?

  • A Standardized Patient (SP) is an individual trained to portray the personal history, physical symptoms, emotional characteristics and everyday concerns of a healthcare patient, so that students can practice and be tested on their clinical skills
  • Someone trained to provide constructive written and verbal feedback, from the patient's perspective, to help students see themselves through a patient's eyes
  • A dynamic educational tool for a variety of settings such as interactive teaching environments, group demonstrations, clinical examinations, videos or other settings to meet the client's needs

Who are our SPs?

  • A diverse roster of people of any age, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • People with flexible schedules who have an interest in educating healthcare learners
  • Unbiased, emotionally mature, and reliable people who understand the importance of their contribution to the health professions
  • Theatre and film actors and other individuals who have the skill set necessary: the 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 appreciate the value of both giving and receiving immediate, on-going, descriptive feedback in a supportive manner