Simulated Patients – Clayton

What is a simulated patient required to do?

Depending  on the portrayed role, simulated patients may be asked to:

  • Memorise  a patient’s history and provide the information to the student as per the role  instructions
  • Memorise  the explanation given by students and be ready to repeat that explanation if  asked by the student
  • Be examined (non-invasively) by a medical student under supervision of a tutor.

What are the most  important requirements that we look for when recruiting simulated patients?

  • English  language proficiency (both verbal and written)
  • Confidentiality  – the role you are playing is for examination purposes, it is vitally important  that you keep all documents pertaining to the role confidential and do not  discuss them with any third party
  • Reliability – we rely on Sim Patients coming  in on the day of the exam prepared and ready for the role
  • Punctuality  – punctuality is vital as exams are co-ordinated  across multiple campuses and involve hundreds of students and staff.  Additional training is also sometimes offered  on the day of the exams
  • Ability  to simulate the patient role as directed

What is involved in becoming a Simulated  Patient

  • Attending an Introduction to the Simulated  Patient Program Training Session
  • Having your details recorded on a  confidential Simulated Patient registry
  • Depending on the role required, you may be  invited to participate in end of year medical student examinations – this can be  from a few hours to a full day.  Training will be provided on the Clayton  Campus prior to the day
  • You may be invited to participate in  student teaching sessions requiring simulated patients - variable times
  • You  can choose to have as much or as little involvement as you like!

If you are interested in becoming a simulated patient,  please contact the coordinator, Pauline Forbes by email on or by phone (03) 9905 8150, or by clicking here to submit an application.

Only your contact details will be collected  on a confidential Simulated Patient Registry.