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Patient Examination Volunteer

These examinations require volunteer patients with clear physical signs (e.g. a heart murmur) that can be found by a skilled doctor when they examine a patient, or symptoms (e.g. breathlessness). The use of “real” patients in clinical examinations allows the candidate to discover abnormalities on examination in a way that actors and manikins cannot, and gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and skills in a much more reliable way.

About University of Edinburgh

As a leading international centre of academic excellence, the University's core mission is to sustain and develop it's position as a research and teaching institution of the highest international quality and to bench mark its standards against world-class standards; to provide an outstanding education environment, supporting study across a broad range of academic disciplines and serving the major professions; to produce graduates equipped for high personal and professional achievements and to contribute to society, promoting health, economic and cultural wellbeing.

Experience Required

Need clear physical signs and be keen to help with the training of our doctors.

Flexibility & Commitment

Term Time

There is no minimum time constraints. Some patients do a couple of days a year and some do a few hours once a year.Weekdays

Location/Travel Details

These exams are run 3 times a year and are held at the Western General Hospital. We provide taxis to take patients to and from the hospital and home.


Mileage paid at 37p per mile if taxi not used. Lunch provided and also teas and coffees.

Accessibility Details

  • Named Contact For Volunteer
  • Wheelchair Access, Disabled Access Toile