Standardized Patient Trainer

California, United States
12 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (CISL) at the Stanford School of Medicine and its 28,000 square foot Immersive Learning Center (ILC) in the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC) is recognized as a world-leader in Immersive and simulation-based Learning (ISL). For over 25 years Stanford has been a pioneer in research, curriculum development, and instructor training in simulation in healthcare, through the work of Professor and current Associate Dean for ISL David Gaba MD and a host of other medical school faculty. The ILC offers various immersive learning experiences, including mannequin-based simulation, partial-task training, and standardized patient actors (who are trained to play the role of a patient with a specific medical complaint). The focus on medical education and lifelong learning is the driving force of the ILC. The use of the ILC continues to grow as more immersive activities are being developed for all learner populations, including medical students, housestaff, fellows, and experienced clinicians both from Stanford Medicine and from outside institutions.

The Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning is seeking a Standardized Patient (SP) Trainer. Under the direction of the Program Director, the SP Trainer will recruit, interview, and make hiring recommendations regarding prospective standardized patients. The SP trainer will cast School of Medicine SP exercises, edit written and video training protocols, train SPs on cases, and monitor quality of SP performance. The SP Trainer will also create exam materials such as schedules for faculty and students and proctor grids, as well as enter data into software in order to run exams. Must be able to take initiative, prioritize own work and multi-task, and have excellent organizational and project management skills.

Duties include:

  • Independently implement, administer and evaluate day-to-day activities of the unit, function or program. Act as key contact.
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Analyze and interpret policies; develop, revise and implement procedures for program or function.
  • Represent the program or function within the department, unit or school. May also represent the program or function to external constituencies. 
  • Organize and/or participate in outreach activities that may include communications, events, training, and/or conferences. May participate in development of budgets or oversee budgets and monitor and approve expenditures.
  • May direct staff to perform various tasks and assignments. May also supervise staff. 

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • BS/BA is desired and five years administrative experience (includes administrative, acting or training experience)
  • Theater degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Bay Area theater community (e.g., theater directors, casting directors, college theater professors, internet casting lists, etc.) in order to recruit new standardized patients preferred.
  • Familiarity with standardized patient or other medical simulation programs a plus.
  • Ability to use FileMaker or other relational database to gather information, analyze data, run reports and suggest system upgrades.


Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize own work and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Relevant subject matter knowledge.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone. 
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Occasional evening and weekend hours.

About Stanford University

  • Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
  • Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning.  To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote health, fulfilling lives.  An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.
  • Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4121
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: H
Requisition ID: 83852

Similar jobs

Similar jobs