UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is looking for people like you to portray patients and family members to train current and future healthcare providers for Western North Carolina.
Are you an adult between the ages of 20 and 75? Do you like to learn and use your imagination? Would you like to help improve health in Western North Carolina and earn money in the process?
If you answered YES, we encourage you to apply to participate in our Standardized Patient Program.
The Standardized Patient Program at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC provides healthcare professionals and students with uniform patient experiences so they can develop, practice, and enhance their medical interviewing skills, communication skills, and physical exam techniques. Standardized patients (SPs) enable teaching faculty to reliably measure learners' performance without putting real patients at risk.
SPs are trained to portray specific cases for which learners will do a brief medical interview and/or a focused non-invasive physical examination.
SP roles include simulating physical symptoms, exhibiting the emotions of a patient or family member, and presenting a medical history. A typical patient scenario may last from 15 to 30 minutes, after which both the learner and SP will complete computer-based assessments of the learner's performance.
Compensation will be provided at a rate of $15.80 per hour to those who qualify to participate.
We strive to have a diverse pool of SPs of varying age, gender orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation. Although our SPs come from many different backgrounds, all must possess excellent communication skills. If you are interested in becoming a Standardized Patient (in an "as needed" PRN status), please contact AskTalent@mahec.net for more information.
Our well-equipped simulation center offers a variety of simulation modalities to support realistic experiential learning. Training scenarios are customizable and can include high fidelity manikins, task traininers, virtual reality simulators, and standardized patient simulations in any combination to train healthcare professionals and learners in the full spectrum and continuum of care.
Our equipment includes:
|Nursing Anne||SimMan® Essential|
|Premature Anne™||Super Tory® newborn|
|Pediatric Hal®||SUSIE® S2000|
(difficult and infant)
Arms - Advanced Venipuncture
(light and brown)
|Knee Aspiration & Injection|
|Arms - Multi-Venous IV||Laparoscopic Skills|
|ArteriaLine & ABG Hand and Arm||
Lumbar Puncture Simulator
(adult and pediatric)
Lumbar Puncture and
|Breathing Simulator||Neonatal Intubation|
|Breast Ultrasound||Paracentesis Ultrasound|
|Catheterization Models (male and female)||Perineal Repair Trainer|
|Central Line Ultrasound||Postpartum Uterus|
|Childbirth Skills (Super OB Susie®)||Prostate and Rectal Examination|
|CPR+D Skills Torso||
Shoulder Injection -
|QCPR (Little Anne)||Surgical Knot Tying (variety)|
|Cricoid Stick Trainer||Thyroid Ultrasound|
|Elbow Joint Injection||TraumaMan®|
|Female Pelvic Trainer||TraumaChild™|
Lower Torso Ultrasound
|Tuberculosis Testing Arm|
|Foot and Ankle Joint Injection||GE LOGIQ™ E10 Ultrasound|
|Hand and Wrist Joint Injection||
Vascular Access -
|Anatomage Dissection Table||Mursion|
|Clinical Breast Exam with Laptop||PELVIC Mentor™|
|GI Mentor™||SonoSim® Ultrasound|
State-of-the-art medical simulation allows medical professionals and students to practice life-saving procedures without putting real patients at risk
We are the only provisionally accredited simulation center in Western North Carolina, demonstrating our commitment to the core standards and teaching and education standards of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Our 15,000-square-foot center is located on MAHEC's Biltmore campus and features operating, trauma, labor and delivery, task training, and simulated patient and clinic rooms as well as conference rooms for debriefing. We also have a robust standardized patient program to enhance our simulated learning scenarios.
Our simulation center provides medical professionals and students with the opportunity to practice real-life hospital, in-office, and emergency scenarios using a variety of simulation modalities for experiential learning including high fidelity manikins, standardized patients, task trainers, and laproscopic surgery, endoscopy/bronchoscopy, point-of-care ultrasound, and virtual reality simulators.
Simulation can be customized to meet specific training needs including, but not limited to:
Our mission is to provide high quality innovative simulation-based teaching, interprofessional collaboration and research that enhances clinical reasoning and safe practices of healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina.
Our vision is to be an accredited center of excellence in simulation based education and research for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina.
You can take a virtual tour of our simulation center by watching our video below, and learn more in this WLOS ABC 13 feature.
The center is located in the lower level of the MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists building at 119 Hendersonville Road
in Asheville. For more information about our facilities or to schedule a tour or training, please contact Frank Castelblanco, RN, DNP at email@example.com.