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Wanted: simulation patients for classes and tests
Exercising with MHB students
Neuruppin, 23 August 2023
Proximity to clinical practice and early patient contacts are significant elements in studies of medicine and psychology at the Brandenburg Medical School (MHB). Instructors frequently use so called simulation patients to prepare students for appropriate interaction with patients. Markus Ammon from the department for curricular and student affairs (see photo) explains what this job involves.
Mr. Ammon, why do you need simulation patients?
Markus Ammon: Students must learn how to properly communicate with patients. They need to know how to structure an interview, how to convey competence and empathy and how to assess a patient’s response. This is why we like to employ individuals in classes as well as in tests who play the role of patients to create a realistic context. After such a “performance” – usually organized in small groups of six students, length approximately 15 minutes – a short feedback is expected from the “patient” to indicate whether he/she has felt well treated and properly taken note of.
And who is eligible?
Practically everybody! You should be of age and be interested in playing a variety of minor roles. Reliability and flexibility in terms of time are very important, since simulation patients are mainly in demand during the week and by day, either in Neuruppin or in Brandenburg/Havel, sometimes for online sessions. There is no need of any background in acting or medical training. But internet access is essential, since appointments will be arranged by email.
If I apply, what is in it for me?
You will receive intensive training, and you will be remunerated for this training as well as for subsequent appointments. The flat fee is € 16 per hour, as a rule exempt from taxes and social security. And of course, you help to school prospective physicians in such a way that you would enjoy being treated by them yourself.
Interested, any further questions? Then please contact Markus Ammon here.