• Standardized Patient

    Location US-TN-Knoxville
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Medicine
    Employment Type
    Temporary Part-Time
    FLSA Status
    No FLSA Required (Ross Islands Only)
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    Part-Time Seasonal Position


    Ross University School of Medicine is seeking adults of different age groups and backgrounds for their Standardized Patient Program. A Standardized Patient is a healthy person who has been trained to portray a patient in a medical situation. If you are interested in role-play and acting, can learn quickly and memorize, if you have excellent communication skills, accept direction, you are flexible and reliable, and you don’t mind being dressed sometimes in a hospital gown, then being a Standardized Patient can be the right position for you.


    This part-time, seasonal, hourly paid position will be based in Knoxville, TN. Applicants must live within driving distance of zip code 37932.


    The major responsibility of this position is to portray/act – in a clinical setting – consistently, accurately and independently specific emotions, behaviors and disease symptoms while interacting with medical students during standardized patient encounters designed to enable experiential learning and/or assessment of students' skills.

    • Memorize a case script detailing specific emotions, behaviors, and disease signs/symptoms
    • In a standardized, accurate, and reliable manner present/act all aspects of case information, including history of current problem, affect/behavior and physical findings
    • Ability to accurately and convincingly maintain a specified patient character as trained when responding to student questions
    • Be highly dependable and punctual
    • Demonstrate flexibility and reliability with scheduling and assignments
    • Work in a professional manner when interacting with learners, faculty, trainers and peers
    • Participate and engage in group training
    • Ability to understand and follow directions and accept ongoing feedback from SP program trainers and incorporate it into case presentation
    • Follow written and verbal instruction and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
    • Be willing to be audio and videotaped during student sessions
    • Be willing to wear a hospital gown with only undergarments underneath, while on camera and/or observed live through video monitor
    • Maintain confidentiality of information related to cases, student behaviors and feedback evaluations


    Please note, standardized patients will often be physically examined by students as part of the medical students’ learning experience. These examinations may include: listening to heart and lungs with a stethoscope; pressing on the abdomen, neck, face and limbs to assess tenderness; using a scope to look in ears, eyes, nose and throat; taking pulse and blood pressure; checking muscle strength, reflexes, range of motion, and gait. The following examinations will not be performed: breast, pelvic, genital or rectal examinations and invasive procedures like blood draw, X-ray, or throat cultures. SPs are generally required to wear hospital gowns wearing underclothing like shorts and bra under their gown during the sessions.



    Required skills:

    -        Strong reading and writing skills

    -        Acting

    -        Good communication

    -        Computer


    Expectations of SPs:

    -        punctual

    -        reliable

    -        committed

    -        realistic

    -        accurate

    -        professional

    -        confidential


    Hours worked: The work is intermittent, part-time, and seasonal. SP sessions are scheduled according to program requirements.


    This position is paid by the hours spent in training and in session.






    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    Founded in 1978, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has more than 11,000 alumni who are practicing in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and beyond. The mission of Ross University School of Medicine is to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians. We do this by focusing on imparting the knowledge, skills, and values required for our students to establish a successful and satisfying career as a physician.


    RUSM students begin their journey to become physicians on the school’s campus in Dominica, located in the West Indies. Students complete a rigorous basic science curriculum, supported by cutting-edge instructional technology, including an anatomy and medical imaging laboratory and a simulation center where students begin to develop clinical skills. Students then complete their medical education by taking core and elective clinical rotations in U.S., Canada, and UK.


    In 2013, RUSM achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent).In 2014, RUSM graduates earned more than 800 residency positions; the largest number for any medical school in the world.




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