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Interested to Become an SP ?

iCELS-100-SPs-since-1982.jpgDo you enjoy teaching? Are you interested in learning to portray patients and coach medical learners at all levels? Please join us in being a part of the training of future clinician by becoming a Standardized Patient: a meaningful per diem work contributing to medical education across New England.

  • Simulate patients with medical conditions and/or communication challenges
  • Evaluate, score, and coach your learner, in accordance with faculty-defined competencies
  • Grow in the profession by attending additional training to teach physical examinations and more

In some organizations, Standardized Patients (SPs) are sometimes referred to as Simulated Patients, Patient Instructor, Patient Model, Patient Actor, Physical Exam Instructors, Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETA) or Gynecological / Genitourinary Teaching Associate (GTA, GUTA, MUTA), depending on the scope.

A Culture of Excellence

Since 1982, UMass Medical School 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. Today, multi-station OSCE’s (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) utilizing SPs have become an assessment instrument of choice in medical education. SPs at UMass Medical School are carefully trained to:

  • Work as a team to simulate a broad range of medical conditions in realistic and consistent patient encounters
  • Portray specific medical conditions as defined by the faculty members
  • Role play communication challenges
  • Evaluate and document learner performance by providing written and verbal feedback
  • Deliver feedback in accordance with a validated tool assessing key communication skills
  • Instruct and evaluate full physical examinations (PEs) - in addition, SPs may choose to take on advanced training for advanced PEs involving the female breast, pelvic and male genitourinary system

A Culture of Collaboration

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

As cases are held at Worcester, Boston, Springfield and other locations in the region, SPs should anticipate a need to travel to the assigned locations. Cases may also be held online via secured Zoom sessions requiring reliable equipment including a computer or mobile device, as well as internet connection.

Level of Commitment

Upon hiring you will be enrolled in the UMass Medical School Human Resources as a per diem employee of the state of Massachusetts. Hours may vary widely, depending upon the academic calendar, educational objectives and demographics required of each assignment. Some cases may require standardized patients of a very specific demographic, in order to meet specific educational goal of the specific simulation session as defined by its faculty.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have reliable transportation
  • 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 (at the very basic - heart, lung and abdominal exams as you would expect at a clinic visit)
  • To have strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate articulately with all levels of the Program.
  • Exhibit appropriate personal appearance, manner and hygiene when acting as a representative of the Standardized Patient Program.
  • To observe the criterion of confidentiality and conduct oneself in a professional manner.
  • Agree to complete scheduled training and to acquire competency in the assigned material to the satisfaction of the Standardized Patient Coordinators

To Apply
Please Click Here to Complete an Application
Once we have received your application, you will receive an invitation to join us for the next scheduled information session. We hold these events periodically in order to better orient potential Standardized Patients.

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