Become a Standardized Patient


Do you have what it takes to become a standardized patient at SIU Medicine? Qualifications include:

  • An ability to memorize a limited amount of case information such as medical history & symptoms.
  • An ability to portray a case in an appropriate manner.  For example, a case may require a standardized patient to cough, exhibit pain in a
    particular region, have difficulty walking, or appear emotionally upset.
  • Standardized patients must be agreeable to being examined by first- through fourth-year medical students.  Trained staff supervise the encounters.
  • Be reliable and punctual.
  • Be at least 16 years of age.


Fill out a casting sheet and come to an informational session.


What does a standardized patient do? How does it help medical students? Find the answers to these questions and more in our FAQ.