For Prospective Standardized/Simulated Patients


"Knowledge used is better remembered.”  - Howard Barrows

Working as a Standardized/Simulated Patient (SP) provides a unique opportunity to be involved in shaping the education of tomorrow’s physicians, health and other professionals. 

Although not meant to substitute real patients, SPs offer a highly realistic, educational resource give prospective professionals first-hand experience of interacting with people and show the importance of connecting with others through effective communication. 

We currently employ 170+ SPs on a temporary, as-needed basis. Our SPs are tasked with portraying cases that fit their feedback skills, case portrayal abilities, and demographic requirements for specific cases. Portrayals include a variety of situations, emotions and physical symptoms. Some cases involve communication interviews only and some include focused or full physical exams. Other cases may include emotionally charged situations such as domestic abuse or the death of a child.

The SP Program recruits candidates based on the upcoming needs of courses and events. Typically, we recruit and hire twice per year. Our goal is to provide learners with the opportunity to practice with SPs who accurately represent real patients; therefore, we recruit all genders, all ages, from various ethnic groups, and with a wide-range of professional experience.

Desired Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to receive and take direction
  • Motivation to help learners develop interviewing techniques and interpersonal skills
  • Self awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to realistically portray a variety of patient cases
  • Eye for detail and a great memory

Qualification Requirements

  • High School Degree or the equivalent (University Requirement)
  • Basic computer skills (e.g. typing and data entry)
  • Reliable email access
  • Reliable transportation
  • No specific experience level is required, but communication and feedback skills are essential


  • Competitive hourly rates, paid trainings, parking, and flexible hours
  • Central location (most events are in Oakland)
  • Gain knowledge about the healthcare community, develop accurate and precise feedback skills, and network with other SPs
  • Giving back to the community by helping future and current healthcare professionals develop or improve their skills
  • Personal growth through awareness
  • Knowledge of detailed communication skills
  • The right to say "no" - either for scheduling conflicts or case content reasons. Your comfort is important to us. 

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