Volunteer Simulated Patient Program

The Volunteer Simulated Patient (SP) Program is an initiative developed by UNSW Medicine which helps develop our junior students into leading doctors of the future.

Should you choose to be involved in the program, you will work with junior medical students in our purpose built clinical skills centre. The focus of interactions is to develop students' communication skills. This includes their ability to initiate and maintain respectful interactions with patients and to develop rapport so that patients feel able to divulge all relevant information during a consultation.  Some sessions may involve playing the role of a patient or being examined - or a mixture of the two!

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Skin Sessions: 29 May - 9 June

Volunteers (you) will be working with small groups of Year 1 medical students. These are fun sessions where students from the Australian College of Make up and Special Effects (ACMUSE) will apply fake skin lesions based on real like skin problems (such as melanomas, dermatitis, psoriasis) to your body. Our medical students then have the task of interviewing you about your lesion, and practicing how to describe it to you in simple to understand terms (and then in medical language to their peers). They will not be attempting any diagnosis. They will rotate in order to see as many "patients' as possible.  A variety of lesions will be on offer with  some details to help make it more believable.



Because of the large number of students, we run sessions every afternoon over 2 weeks. You will need to arrive between 11.20-11.30am to allow enough time for your lesion to be applied. Sessions will last just over 1 hour (12-1pm), followed by a light lunch. You may choose to 1 or more sessions over the 2 weeks. Please carefully indicate your availability below. 

Getting Here

The easiest and fastest way to get to the Clinical Skills Centre is generally by public transport. Due to the light rail construction and installation of new traffic lights at the corner of Barker and Botany Sts, traffic congestion has increased around the upper campus. However, if you do require a parking permit we will purchase one for you and post it out.  This needs to happen at least 10 days' in advance of your session to ensure its arrival.


OSPIA (Online Simulated Patient Interaction Assessment) is an innovative new way for students to learn communication skills.  It provides SPs who wish to assist us away from campus the chance to conduct interviews with students. Generally taking place at home, using your own computer, the sessions provide students with another important opportunity to hone these skills.  In this case, we provide training allowing the SP to be patient AND assessor, and the system allows SPs to easily provide feedback to the student on their performance. 

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