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Standardized Patient Program

The Waterloo Regional Campus Standardized Patient Program (SPP) is a joint initiative with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.

  • What is the Standardized Patient Program?

    The integrated Standardized Patient Program (SPP) brings two of Canada’s leading educational institutions - McMaster University and the University of Waterloo - together to provide new opportunities for inter-professional training and education. Students from both schools are able to practice their skills on Standardized Patients, (SPs,) who are thoroughly trained to simulate every aspect of a real-world patient scenario.
  • What are Standardized Patients?

    • A standardized patient (SP) is a healthy person who is trained to realistically and accurately reproduce a physical and/or emotional medical scenario that a real patient would present.
    • For the sake of simplicity, think: Actor.
    • Standardized Patients are active partners in the education of our students.
    • SPs provide faculty and learners opportunities to teach, assess, and refine a variety of skills, including history taking, physical examinations, counseling, and clinical interventions.
    • SPs are occasionally also used as Physical Exam Models for clinical skills practice.
    • SPs can be used in a variety of settings such as interactive teaching sessions, group demonstrations, clinical examinations, as well as part of large group lectures.
  • What are some qualities of a great standardized patient?

    • An Active listener.
    • Unbiased.
    • Emotionally mature.
    • Professional
    • Reliable
    • Comfortable giving constructive feedback.
    • Coachable.
    • Someone who recognizes their integral role in the education of our future healthcare providers.


Think you might make a great SP?

We Are Recruiting!

Our Standardized Patients (SPs) come from a variety of backgrounds! Medical, and/or acting experience can be helpful, but not required. If you would like to be considered for a position with our program, please complete the WRSPP Application Form here.

Once submitted, you may be contacted to attend an information session/group interview.

For more information on booking, or on becoming, a standardized patient, contact:

Jordan, Hannah       

Hannah Jordan
Standardized Patient Trainer
jordanh@mcmaster.ca
519-885-5426 ext. 21124

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