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Standardized Patients

Dallas, Texas Job ID: 202458
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The major responsibility of this position is to portray all the characteristics of a real patient, simulating the signs and symptoms. Standardized patients will often be physically examined by students and faculty as part of the medical students learning experience. This is performed in a simulated in-person environment.

The role provides students the opportunity to learn and to be evaluated on learned skills in a simulated clinical environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position.  However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.)

Standardized patient simulation involves the use of individuals trained to portray the roles of patients, family members or others to allow students to practice physical exam skills, history taking skills, communication skills and other exercises. This role will represent a patient's condition (e.g., symptoms or social situation) and may also provide informative feedback.

During an interaction with a student the SP may:

  • present case history in response to questioning by the student
  • undergo a limited physical examination at the student's direction
  • assist students in developing their communication and clinical skills
  • assist students in working through difficult emotional situations in a safe environment 

SP’s need to be able to accurately and reliably simulate particular clinical scenarios

Follow written and verbal instruction

May provide written and/or verbal feedback to students and faculty.

Will need to be able to simulate all aspects of the provided medical senarios; including history of current problem, affect/behavior and physical findings, in a standardized, accurate, and reliable manner

Accurately and consistently complete checklists and other paperwork

Accept ongoing feedback from facilitators and incorporate into case simulation

Be willing to be audio and videotaped during simulations


High School diploma or equivalent is required.




Relevant experience is strongly preferred.

SPs may need to draw on their own personal experiences with physicians, conversations with healthcare professionals, talking to specific patient populations etc.


(Every effort has been made to identify the essential skills/qualifications of this position.  However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only skills/qualifications you will be required to perform.  The omission of specific statements of skills/qualifications does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential skill/qualification of the position.)

Be highly dependable and punctual

Work in a professional manner when interacting with learners, faculty, supervisors and peers

Be comfortable having repeated physical examination maneuvers performed on self

Be willing to wear a hospital gown with only undergarments underneath, while on camera and/or observed live through an observation window or video

Must possess strong communication skills, both written and spoken.

Must have strong reading and writing skills to absorb and use the detailed case training and exam procedural information.

Must have excellent recall of learner performance.

Attention to detail is essential.




For over 100 years, West Coast University has been educating and preparing students for professional careers across our six campuses located in Southern California, Dallas, Miami, and Online. As part of our unique student-centric approach to advanced healthcare education you will be empowering future healthcare professionals. At West Coast University our students are Ahead of the Curve. Our Mission is to embrace a student-centric learning partnership that leads to professional success. We deliver transformational education within a culture of integrity and personal accountability.

Our benefited faculty and associates are offered a comprehensive benefit package including:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Financial & Retirement
  • Family & Parenting
  • Vacation & Time Off
  • Perks & Discount
  • Professional Development

West Coast University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we seek candidates who desire to work in and serve an ethnically-diverse population.

Primary Location: Dallas, Texas Campus: WCU Dallas Function: Professional

My colleagues and coworkers are sincerely passionate about student success and have a strong team spirit. Our fundamental goal is to improve the quality in our education and service. WCU rewards people with strong team-spirit, a great vision, dedicated commitment, and a high ethical standard.


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