Welcome to the Simulation Center
Standardized Patient Program
Thank you for your interest in our Standardized Patient/Participant program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine Simulation Center at California Health Sciences University (CHSU). We are currently hiring Standardized Patients!
Standardized Patients/Participants (SPs) are individuals who can help provide direct, hands-on patient care experiences. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds and skills, SPs enjoy a flexible work schedule and contribute to the development of health care professionals.
SP simulation involves specifically trained individuals to portray the roles of patients, family members or others. Because of this training, it allows learners to practice physical exam skills, history taking, communication, and other exercises. SPs are trained to consistently and accurately portray specific emotions, behaviors and disease symptoms. This includes accurately relaying personal and medical history with everyday concerns while interacting with learners during simulated patient experiences.
SPs are also involved with giving responsive feedback to a learner’s performance during assessment experiences, so good memory and observation skills are a must. Some of the patient encounters do require learners to perform physical exams, however, invasive physical examinations or procedures are not allowed. For more information please see FAQs below.
Qualifications and qualities to become an SP include:
- Reliable and punctual
- Good memory and recall skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work with others
- Committed to the education of health care professionals
- Professionalism in interactions
- Keeping information confidential
- Be willing to learn
- Ability to easily adapt
- Positive attitude
- No biases toward gender, race, religion, national origin, or physical characteristics
- Comfortable with physical exam simulations
- Accurate completion of a medical database questionnaire to help match the SP to the appropriate patient cases (some real-life medical conditions or histories may conflict with simulated patient cases).
No previous experience is required.
SPs are only utilized on an “as needed” basis, with time commitments occurring Monday through Friday between 7:30am – 12pm or 12:30pm – 5pm. While scheduling is planned each year, there is no guaranteed number of hours and some requests may be made on short notice.
If you are interested in becoming an SP, please apply by
- Completing the online application and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org when completed.
- Submitting a detailed resume (if you have one) to email@example.com and type STANDARDIZED PATIENT in the subject field of the email.
The interview process is as follows:
- Your resume will be reviewed to ensure you meet minimum qualifications.
- Given you meet the qualifications, you will have a personal phone interview with the SP Educator or designee to
- determine suitability for becoming an SP
- assess your comfort level by participating in role-play activities
- answer questions
- You will then receive an email with a second application that will cover demographics to place you in a patient case.
As an employee of CHSU, reference and background checks are necessary before a formal offer can be made to be hired as a CHSU SP.
For more information, please contact Nanami Yoshioka, Standardized Patient Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org