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Standardized Patient - Houston

Location:Houston, TX
Salary Range: $16.00 Per Hour (Upon successful completion of all training, you will be eligible for a $2.50 per hour increase)
Benefits:We offer our part-time-as-needed staff medical, dental, and vision insurance upon completion of two years of service. In addition, an EAP and Wellness program is provided.
Employment Type:Part Time
Department:PTAN Houston
Description:We are seeking Standardized Patients (SPs) to work at our Clinical Skills Evaluation Center (CSEC) located in Houston. SPs simulate 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.
Duties:The responsibilities and duties of this position include portraying a patient in a standardized way repeatedly during the course of each exam, being physically examined by students and/or medical graduates throughout the entire shift, record the results of the case checklist using the SP Data Entry computer program, evaluates the candidate’s verbal and non-verbal communication skills, must disclose any temporary findings that might impact examinee’s assessment, be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week and 8 hours per day, must be available to work evenings\\weekends to meet the needs of the exam schedule, enter work availability 5 – 6 weeks in advance; keep track of scheduled work days, must be open to continual retraining regarding portrayal and ratings, attends scheduled workshops and training sessions, Attend monthly SP meeting, and other duties as assigned by Management.
Qualifications:The ideal candidate must have the ability to portray a person other than him/herself effectively in a standardized way, they must be comfortable having repeated physical examination maneuvers performed on self, must have reading and writing skill necessary to absorb and use detailed case training, must have excellent recall in order to comprehend and accurately record details of encounters. Candidates also must have good interpersonal skills, be comfortable with their own personal health, so that it does not interfere with the patient being portrayed, and have basic computer skills. No experience is necessary. The physical demands of this position include; standing, sitting, walking, bending, reaching and lifting are required for this position. 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. Must be comfortable 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/assessment by the Medical Advisor is required as part of being hired for the job and SP’s must be willing to have periodic reassessments. No physical health conditions contradicting the assigned case may exist during employment as an SP. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) is a not for profit organization based in Philadelphia, PA. ECFMG has the responsibility of evaluating qualifications of graduates of international medical schools who seek entry into postgraduate medical education positions in the United States. International medical graduates who wish to enter an ACGME-accredited residency or a fellowship program in the U.S. must be certified by ECFMG. The current requirements for ECFMG Certification include passing portions of the United States Medical Licensing Examination™ (USMLE™). ECFMG has an organizational commitment to promote excellence in international medical education. Step 2 Clinical Skills (Step 2 CS) is a component of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. ECFMG, in collaboration with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME), began administering Step 2 CS in June of 2004 at five test centers located in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. Step 2 CS evaluates an examinee’s ability to gather and interpret clinical patient data and communicate effectively in spoken and written English. The assessment model used for Step 2 CS depends heavily on standardized patients (SPs). The SPs simulate patients by presenting symptoms and responding to questions from examinees with answers appropriate to the patient being portrayed. Graduates of both international medical schools and medical schools in the United States and Canada must take Step 2 CS. ECFMG offers our part-time-as-needed staff medical, dental, and vision insurance upon completion of two years of service. In addition, an EAP and Wellness program is provided. ECFMG is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified candidates can apply online at by completing a full employment application and by submitting a current resume.

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