To be successful as a Standardized Patient, the following qualifications are necessary:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Ability to read, memorize lines, and understand intent of patient case scenarios

  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to work cooperatively and professionally with learners, faculty and administrators

  • Demonstrate ability to be trained by the SP Educator and consistently simulate a patient case scenario in a standardized accurate and reliable manner.

  • Flexibility regarding scheduling and patient case assignments

  • Basic computer skills to be able to complete computer-based checklists

  • Have a working email address

Other qualifications include

  • Ability to accurately and convincingly maintain a specified character as trained

  • Ability to work flexible hours on a scheduled on-call basis

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to recall case information, as cued by students in a role-play situation

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of case and student information

  • Ability to understand and follow directions and incorporate trainer feedback

  • Ability to recall and accurately score student behaviors

  • Willingness to undergo repeated physical examinations

  • Ability to use a computer for basic note taking and completion of checklists

Useful, but not essential, skills: 

  • Acting training or experience

  • Teaching or training experience