Pros: fully paid sessions including paid lunch time (and if the day ends earlier than predicted, we still are paid the full amount of hours that we were booked for).
Cons: cold exam rooms at times, and occasional boredom during the long general exam days.
I work part-time as a Standardized Patient with Pace University, at their lower Manhattan campus as well as in Pleasantville, NY (Westchester County). I was hired in fall of 2012 to help train medical students by acting in various kinds of scenarios. I may portray a mother or other relative of a patient who I feel is not being properly taken care of; or I may be asked to present one more symptoms that the student must then try to diagnose; or I could just be a "warm body" that is used to test students' knowledge of the proper steps for, say, a general neurological exam.
I have learned to appreciate more fully the standards that medical students must strive to meet, and the extreme volume of information that they must learn and retain in their training.
The hardest part of the job is remaining patient (no pun intended!) during full days when I am undergoing repeated exams, which tend to start feeling rote and slow as the day goes on.
The most enjoyable part of the job, aside from knowing that I am helping to prepare tomorrow's health professionals, is the very pleasant, supportive vibe among the staff and my fellow actors.
The pay level is reasonable, and I find this a very amenable way to earn part-time income.
My only real complaint is that through no fault of Pace, the months of work are essentially limited to the academic semesters, so there are gaps in which work is not available.