A Standardized Patient (SP) is a person 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. Standardized patients play a key role in medical education. They accurately and consistently recreates the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional responses of an actual patient and/or a patient’s significant other. Medical students, under the supervision of physician educators, work with standardized patients to practice physical examination, history‐taking, diagnostic, and communications skills.

During an interaction with a student, the SP may:

Students also learn clinical skills through interactions with Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETAs), Genitourinary Teaching Associates (GTAs), and Male Urological Teaching Associates (MUTAs). These are specially trained SPs who aid faculty in the teaching of the different components of the physical exam.

The Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETAs) are:

The educational benefits of a PETA for the student include:

A Genitourinary Teaching Associate (GTA) is an individual who is trained to teach techniques and protocol for performing the gender-specific physical examination to students, using him or herself as a demonstration and practice model. The GTA also provides feedback to the students in a supportive environment for skill development and practice. Emphasis is on teaching from the patient perspective.

 

Roles of Male and Female GTAs:

At UCF College of Medicine our SPs, PETAs and GTAs undergo a rigorous training process. We currently have over 100 trained SPs! We are always looking for more candidates who would like to become part of our program.

How to become a Standardized Patient:

To apply for an SP position, you will be required to submit these three documents to our email account comcssc@ucf.edu:

  1. SP application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter

Once the application has been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted by our HR liaison to set up an interview. Interviews take place periodically during the year. Working as a Standardized Patient is considered an hourly temporary job. The hours will depend on the needs of the events throughout the year.

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How to become a Genitourinary Teaching Associate (GTA):

To apply for a Genitourinary Teaching Associate position, you will be required to submit these three documents to our email account comcssc@ucf.edu:

  1. GTA application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter

Once the application has been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted by our HR liaison to set up an interview. Interviews take place periodically during the year. Working as a Standardized Patient is considered an hourly temporary job. The hours will depend on the needs of the events throughout the year.

The UCF College of Medicine hires individuals of all ages, ethnicities and physical characteristics for this program. Acting experience is not required, but an interest in medical education is essential. Employment is available on an hourly intermittent basis depending on the needs of the curriculum.