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Standardized Patient and Medical Simulation Program

What is a Standardized Patient (SP)?

An SP is an individual who is trained to role-play or portray a patient with a medical condition, or a patient seeking medication counseling. For example, you might participate as a patient with headache symptoms coming to visit a health care provider - such as medicine or pharmacy student, resident or advanced practice nurse. Students would interact with you to practice clinical skills, which may include medical interviewing, physical exam skills, medication review and counseling skills, health assessment, diagnosis and management. Generally, the interviews are recorded and reviewed with faculty and peers.

SPs may be used in conjunction with medical simulation. For example, students may be asked to perform an invasive procedure on a task trainer or human patient simulator (mannequin). These simulators allows students to practice invasive procedures such as IV insertion, injections or intubation. SPs perform the communicative role, while the task trainers allow for practice of more invasive clinical skills, all within the same encounter.

The SP program also includes teenagers and children in pediatric cases. These cases may involve an actual parent or SP portraying a parent.

Types of Standardized Patients

There are various types of SPs in which you can play a significant role in helping shape the health care providers of tomorrow. Learn more about types of standardized patients we are looking for at NEOMED.

Becoming a Standardized Patient

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is looking to the communities we serve for individuals of all ages who are interested in helping to educate future health care professionals by becoming Standardized Patients.

Individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds are needed to assist with teaching activities at NEOMED's Rootstown campus and at the clinical campuses at the major hospitals in Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Youngstown. Need is sporadic and compensation is based on the activity. Training is required. We are looking for dependable people with flexible schedules who enjoy interacting with others, are willing to be trained, and have a good memory for detail, and the ability to provide constructive feedback on the clinicians delivery of patient-centered care.

How Do I Become Involved?

Contact the Wasson Center for Clinical Skills Training, Assessment and Scholarship if you have additional questions or to apply to become a Standardized Patient.

Phone: 330.325.6747
Toll free: 1.800.686.2511 ext. 6747