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Volunteer Simulated Patient University of Notre Dame – School of Medicine

School of Medicine University of Notre Dame (MVRC)

We are seeking role players to be a simulated patient in a mock GP setting, comprising of a medical student (who is being assessed and will be the role of a GP), an examiner and a simulated patient – you, the role player. We provide a short script for the simulated patient with your ‘presenting symptoms’ and a brief medical history. None of your personal details are disclosed. We ask that you are consistent, learn or read the scenario verbatim to recite to students. We also have a script in the room that you can reference in the event that you forget your script on the day. There is time to practice on the day with the examiner and answer any questions prior to commencing. Each scenario is tailored to suit the requirements of that particular medical examination ie female, 40-50 years old or male 25-35, each exam is different. We try to match all our volunteers with an appropriate scenario however sometimes this is not possible. There are four exams held each year (each with 10-12 different scenarios) so if you are not matched on one occasion there will be other opportunities. Due to the particular requirements of the exam it is also possible that you will be allocated as a reserve for the day. Reserves play an important role in ensuring the days runs as smooth as possible. If youare allocated as a reserve we will try our best to allow you to participate in the station at some point in the day (although this is not always possible). At the end of each scenario the simulated patient will be asked to rate how the student doctor performed. Some things the volunteer should consider if you haven’t been a simulated patient before:  No previous Acting Experience required  No embarrassing exposure or examinations  No Needles!  No personal details disclosed. In each scenario you will be paired with an experienced examiner and in some instances, there will be an additional examiner (a Quality Assurance examiner). They will enter the room to observe. However, they are assessing the examiner and will try to stay out of the way so as not to be distracting. The simulated patient will be conducting the same scenario several times. Each student will have a turn entering the room to run through the scenario and be assessed on how they performed as a doctor. The scenario would be enacted approximately 12 times. There are breaks during the exam, but you would need to be comfortable doing the same thing repeatedly. If there is a physical examination required, it will not be embarrassing or require any uncomfortable exposure. For example, for female simulated patients, it could involve examination of an elbow, shoulder or knee-joint and for male simulated patients only, examinations such as chest and stomach regions. Simulated patients can choose to opt out of any physical examination scenarios if preferred. We do not provide financial remuneration for our simulated patients. However, we do provide catering throughout the exam day and validate parking so there are no additional costs to the simulated patient. The volunteer hours are also recorded by the University as a record of community service and all volunteers receive a letter acknowledging participation.