Standardized Patient (Part Time/Multiple Positions) (College of Medicine-Phoenix)

Tucson, AZ
Feb 04, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



COM Phoenix Academic Affairs

Department Website Link:

College of Medicine-Phoenix


Greater Phoenix Area


435 N. 5th Street, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix has an ongoing process of hiring and training a diverse and comprehensive group of Standardized Patients (SPs). SPs are integral to medical education for students to learn, develop and practice important communications skills and the art of the medical interview. Students also practice their newly acquired physical exam skills to gain confidence prior to working with actual patients. The SPs are carefully recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of real patients and to portray a specific case(s). Students will do a brief medical interview and/or a focused physical examination, and have the opportunity to learn and to be evaluated in a simulated clinical environment.

Standardized Patient activities enable students to learn about medical issues that are sometimes specific to age, gender or other criteria that may not be suited to all Standardized Patients. These individuals are carefully recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of a real patient thereby affording the student an opportunity to learn and to be evaluated on learned skills in a simulated clinical environment. Once the College of Medicine – Phoenix Medicine faculty or staff selects cases for an event, Standardized Patients are matched with the cases using specific criteria. Each simulation is designed to be as realistic as possible to enhance the learning experience.

There are various types of SPs in which you can play a significant role in helping shape the health care providers of tomorrow. In addition to our SPs that performed brief medical interview and/or a focused non-invasive physical exams, we also select and carefully train a small portion of our SP employees to perform specialized duties as Gynecological Teaching Associate (GTA) or Male Urological Teaching Associates (MUTA). More information about GTA and MUTA opportunities will be discussed at the interview.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Act as a client or patient in encounters with medical students and respond with programmed responses according to the questions asked.
  • Portray a particular case or patient presentation accurately and consistently.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of the interview and communication skills by filling out a checklist, and also by giving verbal and/or written feedback following each encounter.
  • Represent patient viewpoint and provide individualized feedback to medical students on clinical, interpersonal skills, and professionalism in a constructive manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Must be able to use a computer and enter information as it relates to the program.
  • This position has physical requirements which include:
    - The ability to participate in student exam by getting on and off a standard exam table, performing range of motion with your arms, legs and hips and putting on and tying a patient gown.
    - Normal range of vision, hearing and speech

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year of technical experience working in a remote or virtual environment using video conferencing software, preferably Zoom.
  • Knowledge on how to use data entry systems and scoring rubrics; giving, and receiving feedback, using video capture software and recordings in an education/training environment.
  • Previous job experience where customer service is a key component of the job.
  • Previous experience as a Client Patient Simulator / Standardized Patient.
  • Experience teaching, tutoring, coaching or evaluating.
  • FLSA:


    Full Time/Part Time:

    Part Time

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    Job Category:

    Arts and Creative Services

    Benefits Eligible:

    No Benefits




    Rate of Pay:

    Starting at $20.00 Per Hour (Depending on Experience)

    Compensation Type:

    hourly rate



    Career Stream and Level:


    Job Family:

    Med Education Prgm

    Job Function:

    Academic Administration

    Type of criminal background check required::

    Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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    Contact Information for Candidates:

    College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

    [email protected]

    Open Date:


    Open Until Filled:


    Documents Needed to Apply:

    Resume and Cover Letter

    Special Instructions to Applicant:

    Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

    Please Note: Applications are accepted year round with hiring cycles twice a year (Fall & Spring) as needed. The Center for Clinical Skills and Assessment holds group interviews for prospective SPs on an as needed basis. We have been fortunate to have had a large amount of interest in our program. We are not able to employ all of the talented individuals who contact us. SPs are part time and work on a project basis as needed, and may work a few times a year to a few times a month. Standardized Patients are most commonly scheduled Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:30pm-5:30pm, however mandatory trainings and special events occur Monday through Friday within normal business hours. (8am-5pm) Flexible availability throughout the work week is ideal.

    Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

    The University of Arizona has currently adopted a remote working environment in accordance with guidelines recommended by the CDC. Until further notice, interviews for this position will be conducted remotely.

    Diversity Statement:

    At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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