Your SMPH CASI Launches New Effort – Get To Know Us
An opportunity for your CASI to profile the valuable work of the AS in SMPH.
Our 1st profile is Libbey Ortiz Meister, Standardized Patient Program Manager, interviewed by CASI member Jane Shepard. Thank you to Libbey and Jane!
Get To Know Us: Libbey Ortiz Meister
What is your current position?
Standardized Patient Program Manager
Editor’s Note: The UW SMPH has been using standardized patients for about 40 years. They are a carefully selected group of people who have been trained to act as a patient in a medical setting, where they portray certain symptoms or problems. This allows students to practice and improve their clinical and conversational skills for actual patient encounters. The UW SMPH standardized patient program works with medical, physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing, and genetic counseling students, as well as current healthcare employees. Standardized patients work in many settings, including the HSLC, the simulation center, and the Waisman Center.
Can you describe your main duties?
I handle human resources for a pool of about 120 LTE employees, our standardized patients. This includes recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and training. People come from all different backgrounds and range in age from 19-89, and include retired physicians and school teachers, social workers, stay-at-home moms, actors, business owners, and writers. I work with faculty to translate their ideas and work to put them into practice for clinical teaching.
When did you start working in the SMPH?
I have been in this position since 2005. I was a standardized patient for five years prior to that.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Talking and working with people.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Getting everyone I work with to a common place with a common understanding of what we are trying to do.
Can you give us an example of your typical workday?
I typically have departmental and faculty meetings in the morning, where we discuss cases or events that will be coming up. Later in the morning, I communicate with standardized patients via calls, emails, and Facebook messaging. We talk about scheduling and other issues. I often do standardized patient training around the lunch hour and early afternoon. The standardized patients are usually with students in the afternoons.
Where are you from?
I am from Patch Grove in Grant County, Wisconsin. At the time I left, the population was 133, if you counted the dogs.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I am active in my kids’ schools, including being very involved in the dual language immersion movement in the Madison Metropolitan School District. I am also a political junkie, and I like to travel as long as I can come back. I like hiking and reading and would do those things more often if I had more time.
By Jane Shepard, MD Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org