For Prospective Standardized/Simulated Patients


"Knowledge used is better remembered.”  - Howard Barrows


We will soon be holding an information session for prospective candidates. Our goal is to give you a better sense of the program and the very particular work that we do so you can decide if you would like to continue with the application and interview process.

Val Fulmer, the Director of the program, Janice Johnson, our administrator, and Catherine Gowl, our Client Specialist will be there to talk and answer questions.

The session will be held over Zoom. The upcoming information session is :

Monday, November 22nd from 11am- 12pm 

Please contact Janice Johnson (  or Catherine Gowl ( ) for information on how to join the zoom call.

Also note that this information session is not a paid event. if you are formally hired, all training is paid for after your hire date .

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 working with 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 two to three times per year, depending on our needs. 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 adjust with direction
  • Motivation to help learners develop interviewing techniques and interpersonal skills
  • Self awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to realistically " be " another human during role play encounters
  • 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 type 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 of the medical community
  • 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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