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Standardized Patients


The University of Washington Standardized Patient Program recruits, trains, and supervises a pool of experienced role-players, or “Standardized Patients” (SPs), and assists with all related curriculum development and course and examination design.

Standardized Patients supplement, rather than replace, real patients. They are specifically trained to present the medical history, simulate the physical symptoms, and portray the emotions of the original patient upon whom their case was based. SPs are also trained to give students immediate, one-to-one rating and feedback on their performance.

The UW SP Program is always available to assist with planning and presenting instructional programs, assessments and research studies involving SPs and other types of clinical simulation.

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Currently we administer and develop SP projects and exams at the University of Washington for many courses and programs, including: Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Years I and II, School of Medicine Objective-Structured Clinical Examination Year II and Year IV, School of Medicine Chronic Care clerkship, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant program, Nursing graduate and Schools of Pharmacy and Social Work. We are also involved in a number of research projects and continuing education programs in the larger education and health care community.

Types of Programs

  • H&P Teaching patients
  • Group encounters
  • Mannequin/model-based Tutorials
  • End of Life, Error Disclosure and Difficult Conversations
  • Unannounced SPs
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Team/conflict skills training


Jason Lindahl, Director Health Sciences Services

Become A Standardized Patient

Do you live in the Seattle area, have a flexible schedule, and find the chance to play a patient appealing?
We are looking for bright, punctual, and precise people who would enjoy role-play and teaching students in the
health sciences. If you are interested in the opportunity to be involved in one of our programs, please complete
the application form below. We will review the application for acceptance into our database of patients available
for many different projects.

  1. Standardized Patient FAQ
  2. Standardized Patient Position Description
  3. Application for Standardized Patient

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