Standardized Patient Program Overview

  • A Standardized/Simulated Patient (SP) is an individual trained to portray an actual patient with a specific condition in a realistic, standardized, and repeatable way; where portrayal/presentation varies only with the learners’ performance.
  • SPs teach and assess
    ○     History taking
    ○     Physical examination techniques
    ○     Communication skills
    ○     Interpersonal skills
  • SPs are hourly employees. Work schedules vary with the training needs of our learners. There are periods during the semester when SPs work three to four times a week (normally in 3 to 4-hour sessions) and other times when work is unavailable.
  • Realism is important for simulation; we must assign cases based on physical and personality characteristics. This means we often work cases where a specific age range, body habitus, and/or gender are required.
  • An SP may not work a case with a scar that could interfere with the realism of the scenario being portrayed. For instance, an SP portraying a patient with appendicitis symptoms should not have a scar from a previous appendectomy.

How to apply

Complete the Standardized Patient Application and email the form to the clinicalskillscenter@uthscsa.edu. Depending on your browser, you may be able to send the pdf directly by clicking on the clinicalskillscenter link at the bottom of the page.

If you are selected, a representative will contact you from the H-E-B Clinical Skills Center to schedule an interview.

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