Standardized Patients


Albany Medical College's Standardized Patient program is one of the most established and innovative in the nation. Interacting with our trained "patients", many of whom are professional actors, students can participate in a wide range of simulations that hone bedside manner,  examination skills and the use of tools and equipment all in a safe, yet realistic medical setting. Standardized patients are a key aspect of the clinical training process at Albany Medical College, providing both simulation and instant feedback to students from the patient's perspective.

The PSCCC has helped to expand the Standardized Patient program by improving the facilities in which the doctor-patient interactions occur. The enhanced exam rooms are integrated with the Center's audio and video capture system, allowing faculty to view the student/standardized patient interaction either in real time or through the system's archives.

In conjunction with other training tools and facilities at the PSCCC, standardized patients are part of larger hybrid simulations that incorporate mannequins and other training modalities,  customized for each simulation. This flexibility, along with the comprehensive nature of the Center, provides robust and realistic training experiences for students.

Interested in becoming a Standardized Patient
The Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center holds group interviews for prospective Standardized Patients on an as-needed basis. We have been fortunate to have had a large amount of  interest in our program. Standardized Patients work on a project basis, and may work a few times a year to several times a month.        

If you are interested in being a part of this rewarding program, please email to be considered for the next group interview. The following information should be included in your email:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Description of the relative skills and experience that you might have, related to the work as a Standardized Patient (you may also attach your resume)
  • Any other information that might assist us in considering you for an interview      

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