Standardized Patients are trained to accurately and consistently recreate the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional structure and response pattern of an actual patient at a particular point in time; assess/document learner performance; provide individualized feedback on clinical and interpersonal skills, and represent patient satisfaction. In this capacity, an SP will be interviewed and physically examined by learners or health professionals in the same manner that would occur if they were an actual patient. Additional training is provided to select Standardized Patients to teach and refine physical examination skills in which the Standardized Patient uses their own body as the model.
Responsibilities include simulating a patient case, instructing and assessing health providers at multiple levels (undergraduate, postgraduate, and practicing providers) in clinical and communication skills. This may include the instruction of correct physical examination techniques. Additional responsibilities include responding to email messages promptly, demonstrating professional behavior and accountability for actions, working as a team, and keeping commitments to the SP Program.
Major Duties/Critical Tasks:
Simulate all aspects of the patient scenario, including the history of the current problem, affect/behavior, and physical findings in a standardized, accurate and reliable manner.
Teach and assess clinical skills of medical students and other learners.
Accurately and consistently document skills of learners, using a computer.
Provide written and face-to-face verbal feedback to learners.
Monitor other Standardized Patients for quality assurance.
Accept ongoing feedback from the supervisor and incorporate that feedback into case simulation.
Ability to work well with a variety of people.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a variety of people.
Ability to recall an encounter accurately for the completion of checklists and written materials during practice sessions and assessments which result in learner grades.
Ability to be well organized in all work aspects.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team and work independently.
Lack of bias towards the healthcare system.
Punctuality and reliability in attendance.
Capacity for flexibility and adaptability in different work situations.
Comfort with their own body and examinations by health personnel.
Basic computer skills for email communication, document printing, and checklist documentation.
Must have computer and Zoom experience.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check and submit proof of Covid vaccination (or exemption).
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