Standardized Patients for FSU Med Students

Florida State University is looking for a few good men and women. The College of Medicine is looking to fill its new simulated clinic with standardized patients, basically people who are willing to "play sick" for a small paycheck.

This new state of the art facility is a simulated clinic where first and second year FSU medical students can learn clinical skills.

Sarah Sherraden, director of the Clinical Learning Center, says, “Everything from taking medical histories, communicating with the patient and listen to heart, lungs.”

And their patients are known as standardized patients who have been trained to play the part of a sick person.

Dorothy Killoran says, “I've been depressed, anxious, I've had breast cancer.”

Pat Propst adds, “We're given a synopsis, very specific, telling us our name, symptoms, how to dress and whether or not to look you in the eye.”

During the exams med school faculty are watching and listening through hidden cameras, allowing them to grade students on their performance.

Tanya Evers, an FSU medical student, says, “The standardized patients are wonderful, they have a script, but we have to pull information from them and that's how it's going to be in the real world.”

The FSU College of Medicine is in need of standardized patients, especially people between 30 to 50 years of age, minorities and senior citizens. It also pays $15 an hour.

For more information call 644-9800.