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Standardized Patient (SP) (Part Time / Multiple Positions)(College of Medicine-Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Health and Medical Services

Posting Number: req17455

Department: COM Phoenix Academic Affairs

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: 435 E. 5th St. , Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights

As of 6/21, this position's rate of pay has been updated from $20 to $20 - $25. The University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Phoenix has an ongoing process of hiring and training a diverse and comprehensive group of Standardized Patients (SPs). SPs are integral to medical education for students to learn, develop and practice important communications skills and the art of the medical interview. Additionally, SPs assess and provide feedback on these communications skills. Students practice their newly acquired physical exam skills on SPs to gain confidence prior to working with actual patients. A physical exam or a head-to-toe assessment is an exhaustive process that checks the health status of all major body systems, reflexes, and includes a femoral pulse check.

The SPs are carefully recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of real patients and to portray a specific case(s). The word "standardized" means that the standardized patient repeats his or her story in a consistent manner to numerous students. Standardized Patient activities enable students to learn about medical issues that are sometimes specific to age, gender or other criteria that may not be suited to all Standardized Patients. Once the University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Phoenix Medicine faculty or staff selects cases for an event, Standardized Patients are matched with the cases using specific criteria. Each simulation is designed to be as realistic as possible to enhance the learning experience.

Please Note: Applications are accepted year-round with hiring cycles twice a year (Fall & Spring). The Center for Clinical Skills and Assessment holds virtual interviews for prospective SPs on an as needed basis. SPs are part time and work on a project basis as needed, the ideal expectation is that an SP would work at least 3 full event days per month. Common event day schedules include Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Mandatory trainings and special events occur Monday and Friday within normal business hours (8am-5pm), some of these trainings may be done remotely.

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Act as a client or patient in encounters with medical students and respond with programmed responses according to the questions asked.
  • Portray a particular case or patient presentation accurately and consistently.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of the interview and communication skills by filling out a checklist, and also by giving verbal and/or written feedback following each encounter.
  • Represent patient viewpoint and provide individualized feedback to medical students on clinical, interpersonal skills, and professionalism in a constructive manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge on how to use data entry systems and scoring rubrics; giving, and receiving feedback, using video capture software and recordings in an education/training environment. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience required.
  • Must be able to use a computer and enter information as it relates to the program. 
  • This position has physical requirements which include:

- The ability to participate in student exam by getting on and off a standard exam table, performing range of motion with your arms, legs and hips and putting on and tying a patient gown.

- Normal range of vision, hearing and speech.

Preferred Qualifications

- At least one year of college and/or technical school experience or an Associate's Degree.

- Previous experience as a Client Patient Simulator / Standardized Patient.

- Experience teaching, tutoring, coaching or evaluating.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 4

Job FTE: 0.10

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Academic Administration

Benefits Eligible: No Benefits

Rate of Pay: $20 - $25

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Med Education Prgm

Job Function

Academic Administration

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 0

Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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