An SP is an individual who has been hired to portray a specific medical or clinical scenario, typically for the purpose of medical education or assessment.

What is a Standardized Patient (SP)?

Standardized Patients are often used in medical schools, nursing, pharmacy, health science programs and other healthcare training institutions to help students and medical professionals develop their communication, clinical skills, and diagnostic abilities.

An SP can also sometimes be referred to as a standardized client or a simulated patient. They can be trained to portray the history, physical symptoms, emotional characteristics, and everyday concerns of an actual patient. They can also simply portray a patient with no scripted lines.

Standardized Patients at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Exam Centre (OEC)

The Ottawa Exam Centre (OEC) is an educational department of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. The program has been in existence since the early 1990s. Since then, the SP program has grown to serve our MD program, health sciences programs, hospital partners and various projects in healthcare education, researchers, and community-based programs.

  • The OEC has a pool of SPs who are a diverse group from all walks of life.
  • Our SPs can bridge theory and practice, providing learners with experiential learning opportunities in a safe environment.
  • An SP are paid an hourly wage as independent specialists.

How to use SPs in your program or project?

  • Our SPs can be hired and booked by the OEC simply by contacting our office. SPs can be scheduled at our campus or travel to your where your event is happening.
  • We take care of paying our SPs and billing the appropriate program.
  • We also have expert SP Educators, also known as trainers on our team who work closely with our SPs to prepare them for their role play.
  • Whatever your need, we can help!

How to become a SP?

The OEC is looking for SPs to join their team. SPs should be:

  • Between the age of 12 and 80.
  • Reliable and punctual.
  • A good listener and able to work with others in a professional and respectful manner.

If this sounds like you, please complete the online SP interest survey

Once completed, our team will contact you to attend an introductory session.
Please note we recruit based on our areas of needs outlined by our partner programs.

Want to know more about being a SP? Listen to our SPs talk about it.

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Our Team

  • Dr. Isabelle Desjardins, MD, FRCPC - Director
  • Luanne Waddell - Manager, Lead Coordinator, Academic Program Management, Manager Ottawa Exam Centre
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  • Vikki McHugh - Lead Coordinator, Academic Program Management 
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    (613) 562-5800 ext. 8067
  • Michele Fansett – SP Educator
  • Fanny Landry – SP Educator
  • Véro Banel-Boily – SP Educator
  • Véronique Allard – SP Educator
  • Judy McCormick – SP Educator
  • André Bléoo – SP specialist
  • Eva Hatiarova – Assessor recruiter
  • Mary Lalonde – Payroll Assistant
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  • Emily Wilson - Coordinator, Academic Program Management
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