Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning

Real Training from Simulated Experiences

The CISL Organization: The Stanford University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals are home to world pioneers of techniques, technologies and applications for immersive and simulation-based learning (ISL). Stanford currently has four internationally recognized simulation groups... More »

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What is ISL? “Simulation” is a set of techniques – not a technology per se – to replace or amplify real experiences with planned experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive fashion. “Immersive” conveys the sense that participants have of being immersed in a task or setting as they would if it were the real world. More »

The ILC: The Goodman Immersive Learning Center is a state of the art simulation facility that provides education and training to learners of all levels throughout Stanford School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals (collectively termed SUMC). More »

Event Calendar: Experience simulation for yourself by attending CISL events and programs. More »

Stay Up to Date: News, announcements, and other updates can be found at the CISL Blog or by following @StanfordCISL on Twitter. CISL Blog »



"When the mission is patient first, we don’t try first on patients"
    - Terry Fairbanks, MD, MS, Director of SiTEL, Washington, D.C.

No more See One, Do One, Teach One.
Dr. Fairbanks captures what we at Stanford believe and practice (for the past 3 decades) under the tutelage of Dr. David Gaba.  The article titled, When the mission is patient first, we don’t try first on patients’, published in the Washington Post, July 17, 2014 discusses training from the simple to complex for various learner populations.

Save the Date:

CISL Symposium

November 12th, 2014

More details to follow.

Congratulations to ImPrint!

Resident Reflection essay for the Medical Education and Simulation Elective

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Congratulations Dr. Nevins and the ILC!

Dr. Nevins and the ILC have been referenced in the article Playing Sick by Carren Jao.

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David Gaba, MD, Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning at Stanford School of Medicine, and the Goodman Immersive Learning Center are featured in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Grad Schools issue. The issue also features a photo of the Emergency Nursing simulation training program in action.

The Stanford Anesthesia Cognitive Aid Group is pleased to announce a free PDF of the Emergency Manual: Cognitive Aids for Perioperative Critical Events, which contains 23 critical events, as well as Crisis Resource Management principles.
Click here to download a copy and see more information.


Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) Course Offerings

August 8, 2014 (FULL) September 15, 2014 (FULL)

October 3, 2014 (FULL)

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Simulation Instructor Course 2-Day

August 4th-5th, 2014


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