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Family & Community Medicine - Standardized Patient Program

Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Standardized Patient and Simulation Program
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Frequently Asked Questions for Standardized Patients

Q: What is a standardized patient?
A: The "SP" is a person who has been carefully trained to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician.

Q: How are standardized patients trained?
A: We provide the SP with a script that details all of the information they will need to realistically portray an actual patient. The SPs also attend mandatory training sessions where they learn their role in more detail.

Q: Do you need any special education?
A: No, our SPs come from various backgrounds, and we will teach you everything you need to know about your assigned role.

Q: What type of physical exams would an SP be required to do?
A: The exams vary depending on the role portrayed.

Q: Can an SP pass on a role?
A: Yes, an SP can pass on a role they do not want to portray.

Q: How often does an SP work?
A: It depends on the particular exam, but it can range from 1 day to several days a week.

Q: What is the pay rate?
A: SPs are paid about $20 an hour.

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