Standardized Patient: Forensic Actor (PRN) - York Hospital

York, PA | Professional | Tracking Code: D35663

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General summary:  

A standardized patient (SP) is an individual who is trained to simulate a medical scenario for learners in training.  The SP: Forensic Actor will be trained to accurately portray victims of sexual and/or physical abuse while interacting with healthcare and community providers.   The scenarios will allow the learner to demonstrate the sensitive clinical skills required when caring for victims of a traumatic crime.  All scenarios will be performed in the Hospital Simulation Center and may be video or audio recorded. The simulation may include the following:

  • History of the assault (physical and/or sexual)
  • General medical and social history
  • Symptoms and injuries associated with history provided
  • Physical and emotional state of the SP
  • Head to toe physical examination
  • Genital examination, including insertion of speculum
  • Evidence collection (Clothing will be returned and specimens will be destroyed)
  • Photographs of mock injuries applied to the SP with makeup
  • Safety and discharge planning

Applicant requirements:

  • Flexibility and reliability with assignments
  • Comfort level with intimate topics provided in scenarios
  • Acting experience preferred, not required


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work in a professional manner with effective communication skills.
  • Simulate a realistic portrayal of a victim of sexual assault or physical abuse with appropriate affect/behavior and physical findings.
  • Demonstrate improvisational skills when appropriate to the case scenario.
  • Allow general physical examination and evidence collection.
  • Will accommodate guided genital/pelvic internal examinations under private and modest conditions.
  • After training provide constructive feedback with guided tool to enhance the learning process (direct, written, computer).
  • Receptive to ongoing feedback from SP educator, instructor, learner and modifies performance as needed.
  • Perform other duties specific to the job description as need arises.
  • Required to complete basic WellSpan employee training.

The SP will be reimbursed at an hourly rate with additional compensation for invasive (speculum) examinations.


Required Experience

Preferred Experience: Acting experience

Quality of Life

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Quality of Life
Quality of Life

Founded in 1741, the city of York is considered by many as the first capital of the United States. The Articles of Confederation were signed by the Second Continental Congress here in 1777. Its beautifully restored historic district is an architectural treasure. While York retains its farming and manufacturing heritage, at its heart York is a thriving cultural community that has attracted creative talent and innovative entrepreneurial investors from across the nation.

Life in York County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, semi-professional baseball team, fine dining and more — within an easy drive of major East Coast cities.

York County residents can find local employment in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agricultural and service sectors. (Patient population: 445,000)

Equal Opportunity Employment

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

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