A standardized patient is a person who portrays a patient for training and assessment of clinical skills for health sciences learners. During interactions with a learner, the standardized patient responds to questions asked by the student and, in some cases, undergoes specific physical examinations. Each standardized patient encounter is designed to teach or assess skills appropriate to the student’s level of training. The word “standardized” means that the standardized patient repeats his or her story in a consistent manner to numerous students.