Brown University — Standardized Patient Interview / Physical

Job Description:

Standardized Patients (SPs) are individuals who are carefully trained to portray a realistic patient experience for learners. This patient experience provides learners an opportunity to practice medical interviewing, counseling skills, physical exams, and interpersonal communication skills. To provide the learner with an optimal learning experience, standardized patients must learn all facets of a case portrayal.

For a case portrayal, the SPs are required to learn and memorize 1 – 4 different patient scenarios.  SPs are also expected to review provided physical exam checklists, relevant provocative tests, provided videos, counseling and/or interview checklists, and any other materials provided pertaining to the case portrayal.    A case script typically includes the memorization of the chief complaint, history of present illness, family history, social history, sexual history and review of systems symptoms. Displaying a wide range of emotions is not uncommon during case portrayals.  During examination scenarios, SPs may be required to remember if a student completes each point (typically of a 10 point or more) required checklist that has also been memorized by the SP so they can grade accordingly at the end of the interaction.  It is imperative that SPs portray each case scenario exactly the same with each student, so each student has the same experience to complete their post encounter assignment accurately.

Standardized patients are also trained to evaluate and provide learners with specific constructive feedback, both written and oral, on the student’s clinical performance.  This constructive feedback is centered on the student’s ability to perform a physical exam and relevant provocative test(s), therapeutic communication and interview/counseling skills.

The interview physical role of the Standardized Patient (SP) position consists of being a body model, portraying scripted cases, and providing verbal and/or written feedback on a student’s verbal, paraverbal, and non-verbal communication skills during their encounter with the students during a scripted scenario.   During testing scenarios, the SP may also be required to be knowledgeable on the physical exam components of an organ system (for example an abdominal exam).  They are required to be knowledgeable on how the exam should be performed, as well as any provocative tests that should be done, and how the exam should be done in a logical order, while simultaneously observing the students draping techniques and verbal/non-verbal/paraverbal communication skills.

During the interview physical role, a SP has faculty and students performing a multitude of different physical exams on them.  These exams include taking vital signs, neurological, HEENT and neck (head, ears, eyes, nose, throat), cardiopulmonary, abdominal, upper and lower musculoskeletal including cervical and thoracolumbar spine exams.

This is a part-time position. Typical schedule will be 12:30 – 4:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.



  • High school diploma/GED required and/or equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Experience in acting/performing arts, education, or in health care preferred but not required

Job Competencies

  • Must possess basic computer typing and data entry skills.
  • Ability to memorize scripted information
  • Excellent ability to recall learner experiences.
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to follow directions and accept constructive criticism.
  • Must be very reliable and able to accommodate a flexible schedule
  • Have reliable access to email for communication and scheduling.
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community

Criminal background and education check required

In order to achieve near-universal vaccination, Brown University is requiring all employees to receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 1, 2021. All newly hired staff at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit University Human Resources.

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Job Posting Title:
Standardized Patient Interview/Physical

Warren Alpert Medical School

Ungraded Staff

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Seasonal/Intermittent (Fixed Term) (Seasonal)

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Part time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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