• El Segundo, CA, USA
  • Part Time

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 backgrounds
  • 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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