Interested in Teaching Future Clinicians?

Thank you for your interest in our iCELS Standardized Patient Program. 

Please Click Here to Apply

Once we have received your application, you will receive an invitation to join us for an open house and casting call. We hold these events quarterly in order to better orient potential Standardized Patients. We encourage any who are interested in our program to attend.

Our next open house dates are as follows. If you are interested in becoming an SP, please join us!

  • Tuesday, October 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, October 22nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm

If you wish to attend, RSVP with your session preference to

Click Here to view our Open House/Casting Call flyer 


Program Details:

For over 30 years, UMass Standardized Patients (SPs) have been respected and in demand as skilled instructors and evaluators to effectively work with medical students, physician assistant candidates, nursing students, residents and practicing clinicians. Multi-station OSCE’s (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) utilizing Standardized Patients as patients have become an assessment instrument of choice in medical education.

Our Standardized Patients are UMASS Medical School Per Diem employees and are carefully trained to:

  •  Simulate a broad range of medical conditions in realistic and consistent patient encounters
  •  Portray and replicate manifestations of several medical conditions.
  •  Roleplay communication challenges.
  •  Evaluate and document learner performance by providingwritten and verbal feedback.
  •  Deliver feedback in accordancewith a validated tool assessing key communication skills.
  •  Provide full physical examinations and many are trained for the female breast, pelvic and male genitourinary exams.

Our Program has also moved beyond the realm of UMass and provides academic services to most New England regional medical schools, area hospitals, and academic nursing and physician assistant programs. The program continues to make inroads as an active participant in Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Graduate Medical Education (GME) courses.

Hours are variable and project assignments vary depending upon the educational objectives and demographics of each case.  Cases are held at the UMASS Medical School iCELS and throughout the Boston area.   Upon hiring you will be enrolled in the UMASS Medical School Human Resources as a per diem employee. 

As a standardized acting patient, it is important that you are able to meet minimum requirements in order for us to remain in contact with you and appropriately schedule assignments.

Minimum requirements:

  • Must have reliable transportation to Boston and Worcester locations
  • Must be reachable by mobile phone, in case of last-minute changes before and during events
  • Must have a personal email account to access program correspondence, and have working familiarity with basic internet applications
  • Must be willing to wear a hospital gown (johnny), with undergarments on
  • Must be willing to be physically examined (defined as basic heart, lung and abdominal exam)

 We are very proud of our Standardized Patient Program and aim to provide the highest fidelity services possible.  Our standardized patients must be reliable, have flexible availability and overall have a commitment to medical education.

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