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Standardized Patient Job Requirements

Please Read Job Requirements before Proceeding with Application

Being an SP can be a very rewarding job, but it comes with elements of challenge and discomfort: SPs simulate patient encounters with medical students who reflect a range of skill levels. You would need to be in the exam uniform (hospital gown, underwear, and socks for men; hospital gown, underwear, socks, and bra for women) during the encounters (a robe will be provided for use between encounters) and undergo 12 patient encounters a day, including non-invasive physical examinations. The gown will be lowered and/or raised during physical exams, and candidates will touch/press on you as needed to perform the exams. (Note: undergarments will not be removed and candidates are not allowed to perform invasive maneuvers.) All encounters are recorded for quality assurance, scoring and training needs. SPs perform a vital service to the public, helping to ensure that the medical students who graduate and enter residency training meet the minimum standards to protect public safety.


The NBOME hires SPs as part-time-as-needed contract employees. We schedule SPs based on the needs of the exam. Accordingly, we are unable to guarantee a certain number of hours, and the shifts for which an SP is scheduled may vary. The more shifts for which an SP provides availability, the more chances that SP has to be scheduled, but the minimum number of days for which an SP must provide availability in a given month is 12. Please note that these 12 days must be days on which exams are scheduled.

Monday 8 AM - 3:30 PM 2 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 8 AM - 3:30 PM 2 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 8 AM - 3:30 PM 2 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 8 AM - 3:30 PM 2 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday 8 AM - 3:30 PM 2 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 8 AM - 3:30 PM  
(PM exams in PA and IL locations only)

Our Mission

We take our mission of protecting the public seriously. SPs provide a vital service by helping us to evaluate which medical students meet minimal requirements to move on to additional training within a residency program and which first need additional training within their medical schools. It is not an easy job. We appreciate the work of SPs, and your interest in joining the SP team at the NBOME. Please look over your application before submitting it, making sure all information is accurate and complete. We bring on SPs who meet our current needs for certain cases. Applications will remain on file for one year. Our needs change, so you may be contacted at any time during that period.


I understand that, if hired, I will need to:

  • Provide a minimum availability of 12 days each month.
  • Wear the SP uniform of hospital gown, underwear, and socks, plus a bra for women.
  • Undergo 12 encounters with medical students each day.
  • Undergo non-invasive physical examinations in encounters, recognizing that this may include lowering/raising/removal of the gown and touching or pressing on the skin.
  • Be recorded during the encounters, with these recordings reviewed for quality assurance, scoring and training purposes.

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