A simulated patient’s view
Alison George is an actor and simulated patient
I began work as a simulated patient around nine years ago, initially to supplement life as a freelance actor. What began as a casual enquiry about what I thought was a form of acting related work has escalated to become more than just a job.
It may not have as much glitz and glamour as working in the theatre or on a television or film set, but I have found that there’s more depth required to work as a simulated patient than most people would think, and not all actors are suited to these demands.
I relish the challenge of creating a realistic simulation, retaining information, and providing constructive feedback to improve each student’s learning.
Being an effective simulated patient is not just a case of playing out a scene as you would sometimes be asked to do in traditional corporate role play situations. When working for university medical departments