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Job Code: 0837
Job Level: 08
Revised Date: 07/01/2016
Job Family: JF 07

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Occupational Summary

Perform a variety of duties involved in the portrayal of actual patients

Work Performed

Perform a variety of duties after training and rehearsal to accurately and consistently portray specific types of patients, knowing the history of their present illness, past medical history, physical exam results as well as their body language and their emotional and personality characteristics.

Demonstrate interviewing skills with medical students, interns, residents, physician assistant candidates and others.

Instruct and practice interviewing skills and some superficial physical assessment skills with medical students. Give feedback after interviewing. Evaluate and assess their skills and progress.

Simulate a variety of clinical scenarios including a patient's appearance, demeanor and affect, communication style, chief complaint, symptomatology, past medical history, and physical findings.

Deliver feedback in person, by hand, by computer or PDA.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires ability to understand and follow instructions. Work requires ability to memorize and be improvisational. No acting experience is required but is preferred.


No acting experience is required but is preferred.



The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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Essential Physical Job Functions

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