Backstage: 1 Vital Side Gig for Auditioning Actors

A look at the meaningful work actors can do as Standardized Patients.

 – September 24, 2015  –– 

Union actor Steve Hamm began as a standardized patient (SP) in NYC in 2001, when there was little acting work and he was tired of bartending. When a friend suggested working in a hospital he tried his luck, “and as soon as I got one...work begets work, and that’s how it started.” Hamm has continued doing medical acting with the Morchand Center for Clinical Competence at Mount Sinai for several reasons: a flexible schedule frees up time for auditions; there’s been a noticeable improvement in his listening skills; and the singular feeling of affecting how doctors treat patients. Along with acting out biological disorders, SPs help future docs be medically as well as emotionally intelligent when delivering hard news about diseases and death. Learn more