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LOA - Standardized Patient Models (Las Vegas)

Position Deleted on 4/12/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Las Vegas, NV
  • Faculty - Health - Health Education & Promotion
  • Admin - Health and Medical Services
  • Admin - Faculty Development
01/15/2013 (Reposted Job: Initially posted on 10/14/2011)
Application Due:
Open Until Filled

The University of Nevada School of Medicine is seeking Standard Patient Models (SP's) for part-time, intermittent positions.

A Simulated/Standardized Patient (SP) is a person who has been coached to accurately and consistently recreate the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional structure and response pattern of an actual patient at a particular point in time. The Standardized Patient does not vary from student to student. The SP is a person who has been carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician. In performing the simulation, the SP presents the "gestalt" of the patient being simulated; not just the history, but the body language, the physical findings, and the emotions and personality as well.

The SP will be interviewed and examined, just as they would by a family doctor, by male and female health-care students. In the patient role, they may see several (4-12) students on a one-to-one basis during an evaluation session or there may be a group of students (4-8) working with them in a controlled teaching session. The SP will be given a "patient case" or script detailing the current medical problem, symptoms, past medical history, family and social situation, and emotional state they will need to portray. They will learn to appear as the patient by using specific body language, movement, and responses to physical examination. They will also be trained to look for specific student responses and skills, to record them, and to give feedback to the student on their performance.

All students are aware that they are seeing SPs, and are asked to perform histories and physical examinations just as they would with real patients. SPs will be asked to complete a checklist as a record of the encounter, but they will not be asked to subjectively rate clinical skills. Some courses also require SPs to provide both positive and constructive feedback to the students based on their performance.

Physical Examination: Students will perform focused physical examinations based on a specific patient case. 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. Breast, pelvic, genital or rectal examinations will be performed in specific training times, only with prior permission of the SP. Invasive procedures (blood draw, X-ray, throat cultures) will not be performed.

SPs are generally required to wear hospital gowns during the sessions. They may always wear underclothing under the gowns, and if appropriate to the patient case, shorts or sweatpants.

SP Skills: The SP will use a wide range of skills. They will need to role-play and work with a varied group of people. It is important that they are comfortable with their body and letting others touch and examine them.
Hours Worked: The work is intermittent, part-time, and seasonal. SP sessions are scheduled according to student needs and program requirements of the Office of Medical Education.
These positions are available in Las Vegas.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Punctuality, reliability and flexibility are imperative.

If applying for this position, you will be required to disclose personal information relating to your current health status, gender, and ethnicity, which will be used to determine your eligibility for employment. By completing the application materials, you are agreeing to terms of the program.

There is a two-part application process.

Part I
Applicants must complete the application at and answer the supplemental questions.

Part II
Go to the following website and complete the Standardized Patient Confidential Data Form
You must complete both Part I and Part II to be considered.

For more information, please contact Gigi Guizado de Nathan at

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
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