PAID ACTING WORK: Cleveland Clinic Simulation and Advanced Skills Center

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PAID ACTING WORK: Cleveland Clinic Simulation and Advanced Skills Center



We added a Meet & Greet on Friday, September 9th.

If you are thinking of applying, do so now while we still have some slots available! (If you cannot make that date, let us know also, and we will consider adding another Meet & Greet if enough people contact us.)

What:    Standardized Patient (SP) Work for ages 18 and over

When:   Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons for the medical college, and ALL dates for Special Projects

Where: Cleveland Clinic main campus near University Circle in Cleveland

Pay:     $20.00 to $23.00 per hour plus free parking

SPs who are already enrolled: Please send email to Dyan at with latest headshot and availability information.


Please read through the following information carefully, paying particular attention to the instructions under the “if you are interested” section.  After you reply, you will receive an email acknowledging that we have received your information.  We will then review responses and send select invitations to interview with us at one of our Meet & Greet sessions which will be held during the last weeks of August and the first week of September.

Thank you for your interest in the Standardized Patient (SP) program at the Cleveland Clinic Simulation and Advanced Skills Center.  SPs portray patients in cases which are used to train medical learners in Communication Skills.  SPs also present as themselves in Physical Diagnosis sessions.  Special Project SPs work a more varied schedule with other caregivers here at CCF.  We are located in the Lerner Research Institute on the main Cleveland Clinic campus near University Circle in a dynamic professional and educational environment.

• We have sessions every week during the academic year (September to May), along with Special Projects which occur on various dates.
• SP work is dependent upon which cases we use and whether any of the patient profiles in those cases match up with your profile.  (That is why it is not necessary to be available every Tuesday or Wednesday as this is intermittent part-time work.)  Special Project hours are varied.
• We will invite you to participate in a specific session(s).  You are welcome to say Yes or No.

Communication Skills Simulations
These sessions occur on various Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons.  You will not be needed all Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons; you will be invited to specific Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons.  Special Projects vary in needs and dates.

In order to participate in Communication Skills simulations, you must memorize the character profile of a particular patient.  You will be given all information that is necessary either before or at the training.  You will not be required to wear a hospital gown or have a physical diagnosis examination.

Training for Communication Skills
We have a 2-hour training session that accompanies each of the Communication Skills cases.  The timing of the training session varies, but it is most often on the Monday or Thursday of the week before the simulation event.  You will be paid for this training.

Physical Diagnosis Simulations
These sessions occur on various Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For this type of session, you must wear a hospital gown, but you are welcome to wear your own sports clothing (shorts, and for women, sports bra or tank top with skinny straps) underneath.

There is no character profile to memorize and no training for this type of session.

Special Projects cover various simulations, e.g., a concerned parent of a child who is a patient, a difficult patient, a patient who has just received bad news.  It may be to portray a patient or family member in a sim that is live in the hospital, or that is needed in a video. There are many different types of Special Projects.

You will be paid $20.00 to $23.00 per hour as an independent contractor.  You will not be an employee of the Cleveland Clinic.

Parking is provided in the garage located directly across the skyway from the College in Lerner on main campus, or for Special Projects, the garage closest to that location.  A parking validation ticket will be given to you at each training and simulation in which you participate at the College, or for Special Projects, you will be reimbursed through your invoice at project completion.

If you are interested, please send answers for each of the following requests to the email address listed below which matches the first initial of your last name:
• Name
• Age and Date of birth (We cast within a 10-year timeframe of your actual age.)
• Contact information (home phone and cell phone)
• Availability
• The type of simulation in which you would like to participate – Communication Skills, Physical Diagnosis, or both.   How about Special Projects?
• Write a few sentences about yourself, noting why you are interested in this type of work
• Headshot (or picture) and both business and acting resumes, noting any work that you have done that may be similar to Standardized Patient work.

Returning only SPs:  Please reply to Dyan at
New applicants with last names beginning with A – H:  Plz reply to
New applicants with last names beginning with I – Q:  Plz reply to
New applicants with last names beginning with R – Z:  Plz reply to

Thank you for your interest in our program and we hope to hear from you soon!



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