Most of the SP actors portray a single character who seeks care for multiple illnesses occurring separately at different times and locations in the medical school curriculum. For example, one actor portrays a retired teacher who sees first-year medical students for abdominal pain in the fall and leg pain in the spring. She also sees third-year students during their medicine clerkship in a Breaking Difficult News session for bruising due to acute leukemia. Her character remains the same but her symptoms vary. Each case is represented by a script that provides the actor with detailed information about his or her illness and character.