Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Standardized Patient Program


We will contact you when we have a case for which you fit.  When we contact you to participate in a program, we will provide details about the case format and about training and performance times. 

We offer a variety of programs, scheduled to fit the needs of the medical school curriculum:

  • Some programs require a full 8 hour day of work for the performance, but the performances are scheduled only four days a year, with months between each performance.
  • Some programs require a 3 or 4 hour day for the performance, and the performances occur twice a week for six to eight weeks.
  • Some programs require a half day for the performance, and only occur once a year.
  • One program has performances scheduled at nights and on Saturdays, but this program occurs over six weeks once per year.

All programs require training prior to the performance(s), and training may take anywhere from 2 to 16 hours, depending on the complexity of the program.

When contact you about participating in a program, we ask that you respond within 24 hours.  If you are out of town or miss the message by more than 24 hours, please respond anyway.  If you do not reply, we will conclude that you are no longer available or interested in working with us.

Once we have confirmed you for a program, we expect 100% reliability. Canceling on us for any reason jeopardizes your participation in Penn Med SP Program.