MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is looking for people from across the Mid-South who want to pretend to be patients.
It’s part of simulation training where the student medical professionals learn to care for patients with a variety of problems.
Those who take part do not have to be professional actors. It’s no experience required.
“If you were a kid who played sick to stay home from school, you are qualified to do this job,” said Jamie Pitt, assistant director of education for standardized/simulated patients. “If you pulled the ‘Ferris Bueller Day Off’ thing, you can come work for us.”
Participants must be 18 and older and will work from an outline provided by UTHSC. They need people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and body types. They may be asked to play a patient with a common issue, such as back pain, or someone who may be experiencing a wide range of emotions.