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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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Become a Standardized Patient

Are you bright, punctual, conscientious, and interested in role-playing and teaching medical students? If you live in the Houston area, have a flexible schedule, and would like to participate in one of our projects, fill out a Standardized Patient Program Application. For additional details, call 713-798-5538 or e-mail You can also request that an application packet be mailed to you.

A standardarized patient participates in a role-playing exercise


To become a participate in the program, you will need to fill out an application and answer questions about your physical characteristics and medical history. Your application will be added to a database of patient roles. When a "casting call" comes in, we search our application pool for matches. We cannot, for instance, ask an SP who has delivered children by cesarean section to realistically play the role of a woman who has never had children. Her abdominal scars would take away from the realism of the case. All application information is kept confidential.

The selection process may take up to six months or more, depending on the program needs. Please note that, if selected, you will be considered a consultant, not an employee of Baylor College of Medicine. Therefore, you will not be eligible for medical or other benefits.

Pay and Compensation

Generally BCM pays Standardized Patients $20 an hour.

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