MD Program

Contact the PBA Program

1216 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 384-3027
Fax: (319) 335-8643

  • Information for Current Standardized Patients


    Once you are invited to join the PBA Program, you will be asked to indicate your interest and availability to participate in upcoming PBA exams. Two-three weeks prior to that exam, you will be contacted to set up a convenient time to train and rehearse. We are flexible and do make an effort to work around class, work, performances, etc.

    New SPs should expect to put in 6-10 hours of rehearsal prior to working with medical students. Experienced SPs should expect to rehearse at least once prior to each exam regardless of how often the role has been portrayed. All SPs should expect to train prior to each exam. Most performances occur on Thursday or Friday. Training is usually focused during the week of the exam. A variety of times are offered to accommodate a most schedules. SPs are paid for training time.

    After case selection is complete, we begin the process of recruiting and assigning SPs. We begin to read and study the cases and role-play the patient-physician interaction. Additionally, we review video recordings of previous PBA exams in order to continually improve our work. After learning the roles, our SPs go through “mock encounters” or dress rehearsals with a number of faculty and lead trainers. These physicians also provide feedback on the cases and to the SPs so that the content of the cases and the portrayal of the patient are realistic. In this way, we can present the most realistic, reliable, consistent, and accurate cases possible. SPs are required to accurately complete an assessment checklist. 

    Training is paid at a flat rate of pay: $11 per hour. Training is scheduled according to SP availability. We strive to train in small groups whenever possible, since this is the best way to “standardize” the performance and the checklists.

    Pay Rates and Payroll

    SPs are paid on  a tiered scale - each SP employed by the PBA program will be identified as a Level I, II, or III (the performance rate will increase with experience). 

     Wage Schedule for Standardized Patients and Simulated Patient Instructors 

      Level I Level II Level III
    Length of Service <2 yrs. >2 to <5 yrs. >5 yrs.
    Training Rate $11.00/hr. $11.00/hr. $11.00/hr.
    Performance Rate $14.00/hr. $16.00/hr. $20.00/hr.

     Pay Schedule

     Effective 8/21/2011, a bi-weekly payroll system will be used. Please refer to the Biweekly Payroll Schedule for 2013-2014  schedules for specific details.

    SPs are required to sign up for direct deposit (scroll down for the link to the direct deposit form), as the university will not mail checks to any individual. Contact Barbara Brown ( or call 319 384 3027) with payroll questions.

    Exam Schedule

    The schedule is determined by the clerkship directors and the members of the PBA staff at least one year in advance. Currently, we run PBAs for the Ambulatory Practice Module (APM), Psychiatry, Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/Gyn) clerkships.  Additionally, we run PBAs for the PA Program.

    Standardized Patients (SPs) are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the exam start time in order to change into hospital attire, receive instructions, obtain their schedule for the exam, and take their places. During the exam, all SPs who are not involved in an encounter with a medical student will observe another encounter from 2187. Once an SP has completed his or her encounters with the medical student, straightened the exam room, placed linens in their spot, and turned in all materials, the SP is free to go.

    Please scroll down to see the current  PBA Exam Schedule.

    Date Day Exam
    July 18, 2013 Thursday Psychiatry
    July 19, 2013     Friday Surgery
    Aug. 8, 2013 Thursday Pediatrics
    Aug. 13, 2013 Wednesday PA1 
    Aug. 15, 2013 Thursday Psychiatry
    Aug. 30, 2013 Friday Surgery
    Sept. 12, 2013 Thursday  Psychiatry
    Sept. 18, 2013  Wednesday PA2
    Sept. 19, 2013 Thursday OB/Gyn
    Sept. 20, 2013 Friday AM Pediatrics
    Sept. 20, 2013 Friday PM APM 
    Oct. 10, 2013 Thursday Psychiatry
    Oc. 11, 2013 Friday Surgery
    Oct. 31, 2012 Thursday OB/Gyn
    Nov. 1, 2013 Friday Pediatrics
    Nov. 7, 2013 Thursday Psychiatry 
    Nov. 22, 2013 Friday     Surgery
    Dec. 5, 2013 Thursday Psychiatry
    Dec. 12, 2013 Thursday OB/Gyn
    Dec. 13, 2013 Friday AM Pediatrics
    Dec. 13, 2013 Friday PM APM
    Dec. 16, 2013 Monday PA2
    Jan. 23, 2014 Thursday Psychiatry
    Jan 24, 2014 Friday  Surgery
    Feb. 13, 2014 Thursday OB/Gyn
    Feb. 20, 2014 Thursday Psychiatry
    Mar. 7, 2014 Friday Surgery
    Mar. 14, 2014 Friday Pediatrics 
    Mar. 20, 2014 Thursday Psychiatry
    Mar. 27, 2014 Thursday OB/Gyn
    Mar. 28, 2014 Friday AM PA 2
    Mar. 28, 2014 Friday PM APM
    Apr. 17, 2014 Thursday  Psychiatry
    May 8, 2014 Thursday OB/Gyn
    May 9, 2014     Friday     Pediarics
    May 15, 2014???   Thursday Psychiary
    May 30, 2014 Friday Surgery
    June 12, 2014 Thursday Pediatrics
    June 13, 2014 Friday Surgery
     June 19, 2014 Thursday OB/Gyn
    June 20, 2014 Friday AM Pediatrics
    June 20, 2014 Friday PM APM