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Standardized Patient Program

Standardized Patients (SPs) are hired regularly by faculty and staff to assist in learners' development of clinical skills techniques. Trained to consistently portray a patient or other individual in a scripted scenario for the purposes of instruction, practice, or evaluation.

SPs are an intricate part of the NCSL program pedagogy because they help make simulated clinical encounters feel lifelike, and in many cases are trained in providing patient-perspective feedback.


The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas is looking for reliable people with flexible schedules to work as Standardized Patients.


We are looking for people from all different walks of life, ages, genders and ethnicities. No prior experience is required.


Hours are flexible based on your availability with shifts typically scheduled Monday-Friday between 7:30 am-12 pm, 1 pm-5 pm and/or 7:30 am-5 pm.

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Pay to start at $20/hr (+)
  • Paid training at $17.25/hr
  • No previous SP experience is required! If you qualify, we will train you case-by-case.
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Have good memory and recall skills
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with others in a respectful manner
  • Commitment to the education of healthcare professionals
  • Complete and submit the pre-employment Standardized Patient Profile survey
  • If you qualify, and we are hiring, we will contact you for an interview.
  • Once hired, orientation and training will be scheduled.
  • Ongoing (paid) training is provided prior to events.

Please refer to our Standardized Patient Handbook (PDF) or visit the Neis Clinical Skills Lab Facebook page.

**This is not a full-time employment position. All work is categorized as part-time, seasonal work due to the project-by-project nature of the job. The case(s) do not run in a manner consistent with full or part-time eligibility. SPs are not guaranteed work or any number of hours per pay period. We hire according to our curriculum calendar and academic needs and these requirements vary throughout the academic year. If hired, you will be trained to portray patient cases that match your specific demographics. SPs are not entitled to receive health insurance or other benefits.**

The University of Kansas School of Medicine commits to enhance the quality of life and serve our community through the discovery of knowledge, the education of health professionals, and improving the health of the public.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
KU School of Medicine Office of Medical Education
Mailstop 1049
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-7200
Fax: 913-588-7235