• PTAN Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Part-Time As Needed

Simulates the histories and physical signs of patients with certain illnesses as part of an examination to certify the readiness of students and graduates of medical schools to enter graduate medical education programs in the U.S.


Works with other Standardized Patients.
Interacts with the Standardized
Patient trainers and Clinical Skills Evaluation Center Manager for training and quality assurance and day to day exam work. Interacts with other CSE staff involved in the exam.
Operates within the guidelines established by SP Section policies and procedures.
Maintains the confidentiality of all information in accordance with previously established and/or new policies and procedures of the SP Section, CSE and the institution.
Trainer on Duty - under his/her supervision any day SP works in the exam
SP Trainers - training, review, quarterly performance evaluation meetings and
quality assurance
SP Operations Specialist - communication as needed regarding scheduling and
other logistics of the role
Center Manager - immediate supervisor, monthly voluntary meetings
Administrator on Duty and Control Room Staff - interacts with on any day SP
works in the Exam
Other CSE Center Staff - interacts as needed/directed.

USMLE Step 2 CS examinees - interacts with on any day SP works in the exam
NBME Case Development and Case Materials Staff - interacts as needed or directed.

Portrays a patient in a standardized way repeatedly during the course of
each exam
Be physically examined by students and/or medical graduates throughout
the entire shift
Records the results of the case checklist, using the SP Data Entry
computer program
Evaluates the candidate's verbal and non-verbal communication skills
Evaluates the candidate's English proficiency
Performs quality assurance on case performance
Must be open/honest with the Medical Advisor/Supervisor and the Center
Manager about any medical conditions that might jeopardize his/her
effectiveness in the exam
Attends scheduled communication review workshops
Attends additional training sessions as needed
Attends monthly SP meetings when available
Enters work availability and regularly checks for scheduled work, using
SP Calendar Assistant
Be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week and 8 hours per day
All actively working SPs are required to attend periodic performance
evaluations four times per year.
Other duties as assigned by the Trainer on Duty, SP Operations Specialist,
and Center Manager.


Must be willing to wear a hospital gown with only undergarments underneath,
while on camera and/or observed live through an observation window or video
monitor. Potentially awkward and/or uncomfortable performance of physical
examination maneuvers will be experienced by the SP when examinees perform
the physical portion of the exam. Comfort with a physical examination of SP's
entire body by medical students and - or physicians is required with exception
of rectal, pelvic, genital, female breast and corneal reflex examinations. A
physical examination or assessment by the Medical Supervisor is required as part of
being hired for the job and SP's must be willing to have periodic reassessments
during the time employed as an SP. No physical health conditions, which may
contradict the assigned case, may exist during employment as an SP. Standing,
sitting, bending, walking, reaching and lifting are required for this position.

Must remain throughout entire work shift in a simulated clinical setting within a
secure office setting.
Must be able to portray a person other than him or herself effectively and
consistently in a standardized way
Must be comfortable having repeated physical examination maneuvers
performed on self
Must be objective when interacting with and rating examinees of all
Must have strong reading and writing skills to absorb and use the detailed case
training and exam procedural information
Must have excellent recall in order to rate the examinees
Must be responsible about keeping track of scheduled work days
Must be reliable in following rules and procedures for the exam
Must have strong interpersonal skills when interacting with other employees
Must have comfort with own personal health, so that it does not interfere with
the patient being portrayed
Must be open to continual retraining regarding portrayal and ratings
Must be able to use a simple computer program, mainly involving clicking
the mouse
Must be willing to work a varied schedule due to a potential 7-day per week,
schedule of exams for AM and PM shifts.

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