MD Program

Contact the PBA Program

1150 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 384-3027
Fax: (319) 335-8643

  • Simulated Patients 

     This is a photograph of a student performing a physical exam maneuver

    Simulated Patients (SPs) are trained to portray an actual patient case in a realistic manner. This gives students experience with working with patients similar to those they may encounter on the wards of a hospital, but in a setting that allows greater opportunities to practice their skills are receive clinical feedback. SPs play an invaluable role in the education of Medical and Physician Assistant students through the entirety of their schooling at the Carver College of Medicine.

    Medical Student examining patient eyes

    Meet Ellen Franklin

     Ellen Franklin, MA, MBA, MME

    Ellen is the Director of Clinical Skills Assessment at the Carver College of Medicine. Find out more about Ellen here.

    Apply to Be a Simulated Patient

    Application form can be found here.

    The Hiring Process

    1. Completing an application (see "Apply to be an SP", above).
    2. Interviewing with a member of the program staff.
    3. Attending an orientation session.
    4. Observing an exam and beginning the training process.

    Depending on our current needs, these steps may be modified on an individual basis.

    Directions to our Facility

    Our building, the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF), is located at 500 Newton Rd., across from the Newton Road Parking Ramp. Driving directions are available .


     If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Franklin at 319-335-6787 or