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10th Annual CISL Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Aaron W. Calhoun, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Univeristy of Louisville, Director, SPARC Program, Norton Children's Hospital

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David Gaba, MD was Presented with Pioneer in Simulation Award from The Society for Simulation in Healthcare 
Official SSH announcement: The Society for Simulation in Healthcare recognizes significant innovation and invention with the Pioneer in Simulation Award.  We are pleased to announce Dr. David Gaba as the 2017 recipient.

Dr. Gaba developed the technology for one of the first human patient simulators; was a critical force in bringing simulation to teamwork in healthcare; and was the founding editor-in-chief of the premier journal for scholarship in simulation, Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Gaba was honored during the Opening Plenary Session at the 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, Sunday January 29.



The Stanford Anesthesia Cognitive Aid Group releases Version 3.1 of the Emergency Manual: Cognitive Aids for Perioperative Critical Events, which contains 23 critical events, as well as Crisis Resource Management principles.

Susan Eller, MSN, RN, CHSE Appointed New Assistant Dean for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning
The Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (CISL) at Stanford Medical School has appointed Susan Eller, MSN, RN, CHSE (and PhD in progress!) as the new Assistant Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning.

Susan was the Director of the Immersive Learning Center (ILC) in LKSC from 2012 to 2014 and most recently was the Nurse Manager, Center for Education and Professional Development at Stanford Health Care. She has extensive experience in simulation in healthcare from her time as Director of Interprofessional Education, Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. This background makes her ideal to serve as the Assistant Dean, where she will oversee the operations and staff of CISL and the ILC and will work closely with Dr. Gaba to determining the future course of immersive learning at Stanford Medical School and in Stanford Medicine. Susan will occupy the position formally as of November 14, 2016.


Immersive Learning Center (ILC) Hosts 1st Annual Open House for New Stanford Medical Students
The Immersive Learning Center launched it's 1st Annual Open House to the Fall 2016 Stanford University entering medical students on Wednesday, August 31 from 2:30-5pm. During the event, students had the opportunity to meet Dr. David Gaba, Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning, were introduced to the ILC's features and services, visited and explored the ILC through engaging and informative presentations, and had the opportunity to ask questions and mingle with staff over refreshments.


David Gaba, MD Steps Down as SSH Editor-in-Chief
After nearly 11 years of service as founding Editor-in-Chief of the only indexed, peer-reviewed journal on simulation, Simulation in Healthcare published by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Dr. David Gaba stepped down as Editor-in Chief.

Dr. Gaba’s pioneering leadership helped found the SiH, overseeing its growth as well as creating and maintaining its high editorial standards. Simulation in Healthcare is currently the premier multidisciplinary journal on the topic in the field, published 6 times annually.

As Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning at Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Gaba will continue to oversee and operate the 28,000 square foot simulation center at Stanford and also as founder and co-director of the Simulation Center at VA Palo Alto.  As a leading simulation educator, Dr. Gaba teaches simulation instructor courses as well as Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology courses for experienced anesthesiologists and ACRM courses for anesthesiology residents. Other endeavors include simulation research projects, mentoring junior colleagues from all disciplines and domains in pursuit of their own simulation-based research as well as scholarly writing about patient safety and simulation. 

The SSH has appointed Dr. Mark Scerbo, an Associate Editor for SiH over the last 11 years and Dr. Gaba’s friend & colleague, as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Dr. Gaba will remain on the Editorial Board of SiH and he will occupy a new honorary position as Founding Editor-in-Chief.


9th Annual CISL Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey B. Cooper, Phd, Professor of Anaesthesia, HMS Executive Director, Center for Medical Simulation; April 20, 2016.

Sandi Feaster Retires as Assistant Dean for the Immersive and Simulation-based Learning Center
It was with mixed emotions that we announced the retirement of Sandi Feaster who stepped down as Assistant Dean for the Immersive and Simulation-based Learning Center and the School of Medicine on April 5, 2016 to move with her husband to Southern California for his work and to attend to an ailing family member. 

After many years in the medical field, Sandi Feaster came to Stanford on February 2003 to work at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as a Project Director for Operations Excellence. Almost immediately, she met Dr. David Gaba at an anesthesia luncheon meeting. A conversation about simulation was struck and later, in 2006, she accepted the invitation to join him in forming and operating the organization Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (CISL) and in planning for and opening the Goodman Immersive Learning Center facility in the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge. In July 2011 she became Assistant Dean.

As Dr. Gaba noted, "Sandi was a linchpin of the formation of CISL and its successful growth for more than a decade. We hope to recruit an outstanding individual to serve as the new Assistant Dean but she left some mighty big shoes to fill! Her presence will be sorely missed throughout CISL and the entire Stanford community and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."  


ILC Innovation Foundry Opens
This year, the Immersive Learning Center launched the CISL Innovation Foundry (the name was borrowed from a similar activity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Here, staff, faculty, residents, and students alike, can brainstorm and consult with colleagues and other experts to generate and refine ideas. They can tinker, test, prepare, and create usable tools and turn their visions into inspiring new innovations. We have already seen some great projects come to life!


Sarah Hilgenbert, MD Recipient of Novice Research Grant
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Hilgenberg, Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford School of Medicine, received a $5,000 Novice Research Grant from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare for her proposal entitled, De-escalating Angry Caregivers: RCT for Pediatric Trainees using an SP Curriculum.  Her award will be announced at the 2016 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), in San Diego, January 16-20.



David Gaba, MD Quoted In US News And World Report
Dr. Gaba is quoted in the US News and World Report May 20, 2015 article, "Gaming the System".

David Gaba, MD Receives the 2015 Bernard H. Eliasberg Award
Presented in recognition of Dr. Gaba's outstanding contributions to the field of Anesthesiology.

8th Annual CISL Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Gayle Gilva-McConvey, Director of Professional Skills Teaching & Assessment from Eastern Virginia Medical School, May 13, 2015.


WGEA 2015
Andrew Nevins, MD, Irina M. Russell, PhD, Sandra J. Feaster, RN, MBA, Karen Thomson Hall, Kriuthiga Nandagopal, PhD, and David Gaba, MD, presented a poster entitled, "The value of consistency: Exploring Trends in 10 Years' Worth of Data on Clinical Readiness" at the WGEA Conference in San Diego, CA on April 23-26, 2015.


IMSH 2015
CISL Associate Dean, David Gaba, MD, ccongratulates the following CISL Colleagues for presenting at the 2015 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). Stanford University School of Medicine had over 25 members present on various topcis in the field of simulation. Please see below a list of faculty, trainees, staff, and alumni who taught workshops, gave presentations or presented posters:

Julie Arafeh, Larry Chu, Ruth Fanning, Sandi Feaster, Janene Fuerch-Hogan, Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert, Louis Halamek, Kyle Harrison, Anita Honkanen, Steve Howard, Nikita Joshi, James Lau, Jennifer Lee, Paul Mohabir, Teresa Roman-Micek Aleksandra Sarcevic, Cynthia Shum, Louise Wen, Nicole Yamada, Charles Lei, Vivian Lei, Michael Mayette, and Ankeet Udani (we apologize if anyone was left off this list).