2. Professional patient
For years, local medical schools have relied on teams of so-called professional patients to help train medical students in patient interactions and clinical skills.
Many surrogate patients are working professionals, students or retired folks looking to make extra money and to help train future medical professionals.
Most are healthy but are given a script to follow in portraying a certain illness, say rheumatoid arthritis or asthma or congestive heart failure.
The student is expected to make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan based on the patient’s “illness.”
Most medical schools pay anywhere from $15 to $25 per hour, but the more lucrative pay goes to the patients who teach the more sensitive male and female genital and breast exams.