From their earliest days at EVMS, students working with "standardized patients" learn practical communication and clinical skills that they'll need as health-care providers. Standardized patients are people specially trained to act out and mimic health conditions. They offer hands-on experience, physical exams and basic clinical skills — such as suturing — and provide feedback to ensure students are prepared to help real patients. This nuanced training means EVMS students and graduates are ready to hit the ground running. To learn more about the standardized patient program at EVMS, visit evms.edu/community/community_training/sentara_center_for_simulation_immersive_learning_a/standardized_patient_sp/.