Project Assistant I

Rochester, NY


Deaf Strong Hospital is an educational activity with first year medical students at UR SMD. This role-reversal activity requires the involvement of at least 30 deaf actors who are community members to play the role of healthcare professionals while the medical students play their role as patients. This is to sensitize the medical students on issues related to working with patients who use English as a second language. The actors are given various roles to play; doctors, psychiatrists, pharmacists, and receptionists. Each actor will undergo a brief training to learn the do’s and don’ts of the role play activity, and rehearse a prepared script prior to the actual activity with medical students. Additionally, the actors assist with the setting up and clean-up of tables, chairs, signage, materials, and assembling and dissembling portable privacy curtains.

The Deaf actors must be Deaf and fluent in American Sign Language.

This activity takes place one day per year; for 2023 the required work date is Friday, August 25, 2023.

The activity times are shown below:


90 minutes

Registration (LeChase)


60 minutes

Training (LeChase)


30 minutes

Lunch (LeChase)


60 minutes

Set-up (Atrium)


10 minutes

Deaf Strong Hospital (Case Method Room)


10 minutes

Deaf Strong Hospital (Atrium)


60 minutes

Deaf Strong Hospital (Atrium)


10 minutes

Deaf Strong Hospital (Atrium)


60 minutes

Deaf Strong Hospital (Atrium)


60 minutes

Community De-Briefing


The Deaf actors must be Deaf and fluent in American Sign Language.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 16.50 - $ 21.45 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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