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University of Colorado Standardized Patient in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE)

Standardized Patient (Standardized Patient Clinical Educator)

Position #00001080 – Requisition #20829

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  • The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

CAPE has an opening for a [part-time] University Staff (unclassified) Standardized Patient position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here .

Nature of Work:

This part-time, monthly-hourly University Staff (unclassified) position is located at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE). The CAPE provides modern medical simulation education that incorporates clinical scenarios, clinical instructors, mannequins of varying degrees of fidelity, and learners at any level of training into a robust teaching and learning environment. The CAPE is comprised of 7 full-time team members and over 60 part-time clinical educators.

The Standardized Patient Clinical Educator (SPCE) will portray or simulate a role in an array of cases for learners or others, accurately and consistently. The SPCE will also be asked to complete checklists and evaluations on learners’ performance, as needed, and give appropriate feedback to learners regarding their performance.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Portray appropriate symptoms and/or emotion(s).

  • Provide behavioral and skill-based feedback to the learner.

  • Accurately complete required checklists.

  • Provide learners with specific, accurate, unbiased feedback on communication skills and instruct them on ways to build a positive patient-provider relationship.

  • Consistently give correct opening statement without embellishments or omissions.

  • Respond only with information in script or information discussed in training.

  • Actively engage in required trainings and mock sessions.

Job Competencies / Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and/or similar computer applications.

  • Ability to work well with a variety of people including members of the Center, faculty, staff, students, proctors, teaching associates, and clinical educators.

  • Ability to communicate clearly, professionally and effectively with a variety of people including faculty, staff, students, and clinical educators.

  • Ability to work effectively on multiple tasks.

  • Ability to be well organized in all work aspects.

  • Ability to work proactively on projects and tasks, anticipating project, client and team needs for success.

  • Ability to independently track schedule and number of hours worked using an electronic tracking system.

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.

  • Capacity for flexibility and adaptability in different work situations.

  • Ability to memorize large amounts of information, repeat it back, and answer related questions.

  • Computer skills, including ability to learn and then work with the following programs: Education Management Solution Software, Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook.

  • Demonstrated computer literacy with MAC or PC programs.

  • Ability to memorize large amounts of information, repeat it back, and answer related questions.

  • Ability to access and utilize the online scheduling software to sign-up for projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to receive ongoing feedback from an SP Educator and/or Faculty Member and modify behaviors accordingly.

  • Demonstrated ability to be trained and instructed, as well as willingness to work cooperatively with learners, other SPCE’s, faculty, and staff.

  • Demonstrated flexibility and reliability with scheduling and assignments.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to easily establish rapport with a wide variety of individuals.

  • Demonstrated ability to accurately portray all aspects of a case scenario as trained including history of current problem, affect/behavior and physical findings.

  • Flexibility and reliability with scheduling and assignments.

  • Willingness and ability to subject to personal physical examinations as they pertain to the necessary job duties of the position.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $17.00/hour – $25.60/hour

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of work experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job. Relevant fields include: Performing Arts, Theater, Nursing, Patient Care, Clinical/Medical Research, Medical Simulation, or closely related assignment. College or university course work, related to the work assignment, may substitute on a year-for-year basis.

Bonafide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ): The available work in the CAPE for Standardized Patient positions is based upon curriculum, supplying a realistic educational experience that produces qualified health professionals and real life patient populations. The CAPE may occasionally need to filter applicants for these positions based on the sex of the applicant, in order to meet the needs of specific health case scenarios. For example: only women can be booked for obstetrics and gynecology cases. For this reason, applicants must identify whether they are male or female at the time of application.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must have access to regular use of a computer with internet access.

  • Must be willing and able to work part-time, with sporadic work schedules, as well as non-guaranteed work hours.

  • Must be willing and able to work at least 50 hours per quarter.

  • Must be willing and able to attend project related trainings and mock sessions.

  • Must be willing and able to fully portray and/or simulate medical case scenarios physically and mentally.

  • Must be willing and able to travel on short notice to various off-site locations as needed and/or as requested.

  • Must be willing and able to subject to personal physical examinations as they pertain to the necessary job duties of the position, including but not limited to: abdominal exams, chest exams (heart, lungs), knee exams, musculoskeletal exams, neurological exams, etc.

  • Must be willing and able to work during the following busy periods each year:

  • February through May (trainings begin in January)

  • September through November (trainings begin in August)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in a similar position, portraying health-related case scenarios for educational purposes.

  • Experience teaching or training in an academic medical and/or clinical research environment.

  • Experience that demonstrates knowledge of basic medical terminology.

  • Experience completing complex checklists accurately and consistently.

  • Experience using EMS Software or similar clinical software program.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office and/or similar computer applications.

Job: Administrative Support and Related

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Administrative Support and Related


Schedule Part-time

Posting Date Apr 8, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Melissa Giardina

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00001080

Req ID: 20829

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.