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Standardized Patient Information

Standardized Patient and OCSE Program Queen's University


A standardized patient/participant (SP) is an actor who is trained to portay the historical, emotional and physical characteristics of a real person for educational purposes. In standardization, the aim is not to be the best, but rather to be the same in every session. 

Standardized Patients/Participants are the bread and butter of our organization. If you would like to become an SP, please read through the information below. If you have any questions that are not answered below, please contact us at:

  • Anyone can become an SP - the minimum age is 14
  • An acting/drama or medical background is an asset, however is not a requirement
  • We encourage a diverse demographic of applicants
  • If you would like to join our team, please complete and submit the Standardized Patient Application
  • Interviews are scheduled throughout the year based upon session requirements
    • After interviews, all SPs are required to complete a Criminal Record Disclosure (CPIC). If you don't have a current CPIC you will be asked to visit the Kingston Police website or visit their office to complete one in person.

An SP can be involved in a variety of different scenarios, such as the following:

  • General history/interview taking
  • General physical examinations
  • Combined general history and general physical examinations
  • Complex history/interview taking
  • Lecture hall physical examination demos
  • Complex and/or invasive physical examinations
  • Educational or Promotional Videos
  • To find out more please reference the SP Handbook
  • SPs are casual employees of Queen's University and are paid on a bi-weekly basis
  • SPs are paid an hourly rate which varies according to the type of scenario they are participating in
  • As a casual employee you are not guaranteed a minimum or maximum number of hours per week and work varies based upon session requirements
  • To find out more about SP hourly rates, please reference the SP Handbook
  • To ensure performance consistency we provide training specific to each scenario
  • Training is provided by a member of our training team
  • During training the objectives of the session are identified and the character/scenario is developed through a scenario overview, round robin Q&A, role play
  • An important part of your role as an SP is giving feedback so students/professionals can gain insight into their strengths as well as areas of improvement
  • SP feedback focuses on how the students'/professionals' communication and hands-on techniques made them feel from the perspective of the character they are portraying
  • To learn more about feedback techniques, please refer to the SP Feedback Guide at the end of the SP Handbook