Being an SP at Yale has been life changing...This Program is unlike any other because it allows you to lose yourself fully in a character, but also participate in a supportive diverse community looking to improve and reinvent the medical industry. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this team.
About the SP Program
The SP Program has expertise in designing and implementing training scenarios as well as case and character development to meet your learning objectives and program goals. We aim to deliver an authentic and effective experience for your learners.
Our Simulated Participants are trained specifically for your program and committed to excellence in all they do. We employ a diverse population of SPs to ensure learners receive training on engaging with the wide range of people they will interact with in practice.
Since 1993, the Standardized Patient Program at YSM has provided learners with a supportive environment in which to engage in realistic simulated encounters with trained health care educators. In Winter 2022, we changed the program’s name to Simulated Participant (SP) to express the varied roles our SPs are trained to portray, our commitment to serve the diverse needs of our clients, and to advance research in education and training using human simulation pedagogy.
We encourage your interest and are available to consult and brainstorm with you about how you might use the SP Program to meet your educational or research goals.
The Role of a Simulated Participant
Our program follows the Association of SP Educators' (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice in the field of human simulation. Our SPs portray a wide variety of roles: from patient, to parent, to clinician. Our educational encounters are primarily sought to enhance communication skills, offering a safe, supportive, and controlled learning environment for trainees to grow in their clinical abilities.
How To Request SPs for Your Program
If you have questions about how SPs may be used in your work, please contact us and our SP Program's Assistant Director will consult with you. To explore your program’s use of SPs, complete the SP Program Online Request Form.
Interested in Becoming an SP?
We are interested in hiring individuals with acting, SP, or healthcare educator experience. Send us your resume detailing your relevant experience, why you are interested in becoming an SP, and headshot or current photo via email, and we will contact you. The program hires individuals annually in preparation for the start of each academic year.
Contact the Simulated Participant Program
If you have questions about how SPs may be used in your work, or are interested in becoming an SP, please contact us!