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Why become a Standardized Patient?

The Standardized Patient provide medical learners and healthcare professionals the unique opportunity to practice, observe, and interpret feedback in a safe environment. The SP is trained to accurately and consistently portray specific emotions, behaviors and disease symptoms.

Is being a Standardized Patient difficult?

If you want to contribute to the training process of medical students and health care professionals, this is for you.

Some of the expectations for an SP include:

  • Being comfortable dealing with health professionals and medical students
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Do I have to have a background in Healthcare?

No, the SP will be given all of the patient information needed for the role and will receive training before each encounter. A script will also be provided in order for the SP to speak or interact with the learner.

How often will I need to work?

This is a very part time job, and hours fluctuate depending on the needs of the learner. As a per diem employee of Kern Medical, SP’s are guaranteed to work a minimum of four (4) hours per pay period (every 2 weeks).

Will I be recorded, streamed, or posted to social media?

All Standardized Patient encounters are recorded for internal education and training purposes only. Photographs are occasionally posted to the hospital’s social medial website. If you do not wish for your photo to be used, please contact the Standardized Patient Coordinator.