Simulated Patient Program

The Simulated Patient Program supports student education in undergraduate and postgraduate Health Sciences programs through the recruitment, casting and training of simulated patients (SPs) to portray diverse scenarios in formative, summative and high-stakes learning and assessment sessions.

 “A simulated patient is someone who has been carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician.”
The Healthcare Simulation Dictionary

At the CLRC, SPs are reliable, emotionally mature, articulate people who partake in regular training. By portraying unique physical symptoms, personal histories, emotions and patient concerns in a standardized way across different students, SPs help to inform a student’s understanding of the patient experience and perspective, providing an invaluable service to healthcare education at the University of Saskatchewan.

The SP pool is always growing and includes a diverse cross-section of the local community, with individuals aged 3 to 90 from all walks of life, including students, retirees, actors, healthcare professionals, teachers and much more.

The Sensitive Exam Teaching Associate (SETA) program was developed in collaboration with the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Male and female teaching associates are trained to teach Health Sciences students how to perform sensitive exams such as breast, pelvic, and urological examinations and to guide students while this exam is performed with their bodies. Specifically, SETAs provide feedback on technique, communication skills and patient rapport during the sensitive exam, providing Health Sciences students with safe, educational encounters and critical learning experiences that allow them to gain confidence in fine technical skills and sensitive communication skills.

If you are interested in working as a SETA, please review the position description and complete the general SP application form online. The SETA program will be discussed during the interview stage.

Simulated patients (SPs) are members of the community who are interested in healthcare education and able to portray a range of unique physical symptoms, personal histories, emotions and patient concerns in interactions with students, residents and educators. Many have backgrounds in theatre or healthcare, come from all walks of life and reflect the wider community with which healthcare professionals work. SP contributions are invaluable teaching tools and help shape the University of Saskatchewan’s safe learning and practice environment.

If you are interested in joining the general SP pool, please review the position description and complete the application form online.

Every January and February, the CLRC hosts the Pediatrics Assessment Module and recruits members of the community and their children to participate.

During this module, first-year medical students learn how to interact with a child patient and their parent/caregiver. This involves asking them about the child’s current health and medical history, and completing a non-invasive head-to-toe physical assessment. If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, we hope you will consider participating!

During the session, both a licensed pediatrician instructor and parent/caregiver will supervise the children at all times. The parent/caregiver must provide informed consent to participate and must be able to answer comprehensive questions about their child’s medical history.

Please note that this module is not meant to provide medical treatment or counselling and children should be healthy without any ongoing medical issues. If a health issue is inadvertently discovered during this module, the supervising pediatrician will discuss it with the parent/caregiver and recommend appropriate follow-up. All students and supervisors are professionally obligated to maintain privacy and confidentiality of all information shared.

Each child will receive an honorarium of $25.00 per session. The parent/caregiver will also receive a $25.00 honorarium per session.

If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please complete the information form online. We'll be in touch in October to confirm details!