Frustrated actors or anyone interested in helping train health professionals can be a standardized patient.
About 400 people actively serve in that capacity at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown Township, yet there’s room for more.
Patients are paid between $10 and $20 an hour, but the work is intermittent, so don’t give up your day job. Still, it’s a fun way to make some extra cash and to make a difference in patient care.
“Sometimes our patients probably feel like we call them every … day, but it could be four to six months between a gig,” said Michele Rosenberger, assistant director and primary contact for the standardized patient program.
The university is seeking people ages 20 to 65 with diverse backgrounds. Younger folks (20 to 40) are particularly in demand. Each prospective actor is required to complete a survey to determine how and where he or she may fit into the program.
To learn more, contact Rosenberger at 330-325-6747 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.neomed.edu/academics/wassoncenter/standardized-patients.