Standardized Patient Program
The UNM School of Medicine Standardized Patient (SP) Program, one of the oldest in the country, started in 1979 and has expanded across disciplines. SPs are a diverse group of individuals representing the Albuquerque community from all walks of life and ages (over 16 years old). The pool currently has 150 SPs, aged 18-86.
Students interact with SPs in a variety of learning and testing activities. Training Specialists prepare SPs to portray patient cases for medical and other health sciences learners to practice clinical and communication skills, including: history taking, physical examination, other specialized clinical skills and patient-centered communication. SPs allow students to practice these skills in a safe, structured, faculty supervised setting before they encounter patients in a clinical environment.
What does a SP do?
- Memorizes a patient’s character, social history, illness symptoms, and affect
- Portrays patient cases in a standardized manner
- Performs a patient case with students for learning and testing activities
- Observes student performance and documents scores
- Provides feedback
What skills are required?
- Able to portray a patient case in standardized manner
- Great memory
- Desire to help clinical students learn essential patient-care skills
- Professional, reliable, punctual
What is the time commitment, and pay?
- On-call temporary UNM employee status
- Intermittent assignments based on similarity with the patient case and experience
- Starting at $11.00/hour
How do I apply?
- Group interviews are conducted on a regular basis in order to maintain a diverse pool of SPs.
- Apply through UNM Jobs
How do I request a SP for my program?
Contact Assessment & Learning 272-8028