Medical program looking for “patients” to help train students

Medical program looking for “patients” to help train students

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - If you're looking to make some extra cash, NYITCOM at Arkansas State University has a part-time job opportunity that also helps train future doctors.

It's a standardized patient position.

What that means is you would be given a case of symptoms to act out while a medical student asks you questions and does a basic exam.

It gives students the chance to get hands on experience before they start seeing patients in the real world.

"We can be there before we get there, is what we like to say," Director of Simulation Learning Matt Charnetski said. "So if I have done something 100 times before, I know how to navigate that. And it works the same with conversations, it works the same with breaking bad news, or anything like that, so the more often we can practice it the more smooth it is. And if we as the providers are smooth in what we do, it makes patients more comfortable, it allows patients then to be more likely to give us honest and real answers, so we can help make them better."

Charnetski said the process does not involve any invasive procedures, only questions, heart and lung sound monitoring and basic exam palpating.

The only requirements are you have to be over the age of 18 and be allowed to work in the U.S.

NYITCOM is pushing for a diverse group of applicants so students get the most well-rounded experience.

To find out more information and how to apply, click here.

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