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What is a Standardized Patient? 

A Standardized Patient is a person trained to replicate a clinical encounter consistently and realistically. Standardized Patients provide healthcare students an opportunity to fine-tune professional skills, to gain self-confidence and be better able to instill confidence in patients. The student learns to become patient-oriented, more aware of patient feelings and concerns, and most of all, to become an active listener. The ability to listen and understand and communicate this understanding is a skill of significant benefit to healthcare students, and Standardized Patients play a central role in this process.

The skills that are taught and/or evaluated with Standardized Patients include interpersonal, communication, history-taking, and/or physical examination techniques. Standardized Patients allow healthcare students to fine-tune their professional skills, to gain self-confidence and be better able to instill confidence in their patients. The Standardized Patient Program at the Health Education Center has over 100 individuals ranging in age from 16 to 80 years of age. Standardized Patients are Health Education Center employees and members of the community or surrounding area who come from all walks of life and share the enjoyment of being able to participate in health & medical education activities across all schools at UTMB.