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Standardized Patient Program
“We have over 100 Standardized Patients from our community of all ages posing as patients with a variety of conditions.  They are an outstanding part of the students’ education process…learning how to do a history and physical and think critically.  The SPs put great effort into what they do, everything from dress, makeup, walking, and acting to tremors and memorizing pages of scripts.  They know they are assisting in teaching future physicians.  They are a critical part of the clinical skills process and are some of the best and most dedicated people participating in the educational process at ACOM.  We are fortunate here in Dothan to have a dedicated community behind ACOM evidenced and lived out in our superb Standardized Patient group.”  Dr. John T. Giannini, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of Simulation Center

What is a Standardized Patient?

The Standardized Patient (SP) Program is an important part of the curriculum at ACOM. SPs play an integral role in helping students develop their clinical skills such as putting patients at ease, obtaining key aspects of medical history and recent symptoms, and developing clinical reasoning.

Standardized Patients (SPs) act out the part of a patient in specific clinical encounters to help students learn data gathering and practice physical examinations.  SPs are trained to accurately and consistently portray physical findings and deliver medical information for given scenarios.  SPs are periodically used in lectures for demonstrations and in lab sessions as the students learn how to do a physical and osteopathic structural exam.

“The SPs have been incredible.  Having an opportunity to showcase what we have learned on people that can demonstrate such a variety of illnesses is very rewarding.  I learn so much about disease presentation based on my interactions with them.”  Rhandy Ceballos, OMS-II

Requirements for Standardized Patients

Men and women of all ages and ethnic groups are needed to represent the wide variety of cases that are used to simulate different patient histories, personalities and symptoms. Acting experience is not necessary but a good short-term memory is required because SPs must perform consistently within their assigned roles. They may be asked to recall 10-20 aspects of their case during their encounters with our medical students and then, immediately after, accurately respond to a survey on student performance. Since this information is often recorded electronically, basic computer skills are required. In addition, SPs need to feel comfortable in front of video cameras, since most encounters are recorded.

During an interaction with a student the SP may:

  • present case history in response to questioning by the student
  • undergo a limited physical examination at the student’s direction
  • assist students in developing their communication and clinical skills
  • prepare students in working with a diverse group of patients
  • assist students in working through difficult emotional situations in a safe environment

Once ACOM faculty select cases for a training or testing event, criteria such as age, gender, race, and physical and personality characteristics are considered in the selection SPs from our registry. This carefully selected set of SPs are then presented with a patient case/script and brought into the center for training and role-playing.

“The SPs at ACOM are some of the best actors I’ve seen.  They do their job so well, I truly believe they are sick, scared, in pain, or whatever else they are portraying!  They taking their job seriously and it is invaluable to my education!!”  Ellen Pappas, OMS-II

Payment for Participating

SPs are paid $17.50 per hour for training and for their work. Some projects requiring more experience and skills are paid at a higher rate. SPs are employed on a per diem basis and are not offered benefits. ACOM cannot guarantee work beyond that agreed to on a single project basis.

Apply to be a Standardized Patient

ACOM is continually accepting applications for the Standardized Patient Program to build its pool of patient actors. To apply for the program, please click the application link below.  All fields denoted with a red asterisk are required. ACOM will review your application and then contact you regarding the Standardized Patient Program orientation. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Danielle Ferguson, RN, Coordinator of Simulation & Standardized Patient Program, at (334) 944-4035 or

Standardized Patient Application

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Travel Fund Application

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Replacement Diploma Form
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Release for Letter of Recommendation
Request for Release of Information
Absence Notification and Approval Form
Club Officer Certification Form

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Student Service Activity or Event Form

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Official Organization Information Form

ACOM Media Release Form

Guest Speaker Form


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The goal of the OIS Service Desk is to provide ACOM faculty, staff, and students with an effective primary point of contact for ACOM recommended software and computing resources. The OIS Service Desk will resolve the issue or distribute the call to the appropriate staff, technology group, or appropriate resource in order to best meet the needs of the client.
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