Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning

CISL Mission and Strategic Goals

Through CISL we improve patient safety, patient care, education, and research through innovations in immersive and simulation-based learning techniques and tools and through embedding them throughout Stanford Medical Center’s education and training programs.

PDF File CISL Strategic Plan (dist. March 2012)

Stanford Medical Center includes the School of Medicine, the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the Lucille Packard Childrens Hospital, and for CISL’s activities also includes the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

Applications of Immersive and Simulation-based Learning

  1. Education and Training of Students & Clinical Trainees Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (ISL) is used to improve the education and training of Stanford students (undergraduate, medical and graduate) and the Medical Center’s trainees (residents, clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars).
  2. Healthcare Systems Improvement To improve care delivery and operational outcomes of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, VA Palo Alto, (and in conjunction with the SHC/LPCH Insurance Company (SUMIT)), by improving the individual and teamwork skills of healthcare personnel.
  3. Assessment/Testing To use ISL techniques for explicit assessment/testing of skills, knowledge, and performance of students, trainees, and experienced personnel (as distinct from assessments that are embedded in sessions conducted for “training”).
  4. Research To promote, support and conduct fundamental research and evaluation about ISL and to use the ISL techniques as a research tool.
  5. Provide ISL Learning to External Experienced Clinicians Through ISL, to improve the clinical skills (both “technical” and “non-technical”) of healthcare personnel as individuals and in teams.
  6. Community Outreach To develop and conduct outreach programs to expose local community and lay groups, as well as public safety and public health organizations, and healthcare providers to the benefits and potential of ISL.
  7. Leadership and Advocacy To provide leadership in advocating the future vision of immersive and simulation-based learning in health care for the nation and the world.
  8. Faculty Development To recruit, train and sustain faculty to become effective ISL educators.
  9. Sustainability To provide financial and program planning and analysis of ISL programs, and to support the Office of the Medical Director fundraising and ensure long-term financial viability of ISL activities.
  10. Management To create management infrastructures and procedures that effectively coordinates and integrate the Center’s priorities, activities and resources among its constituent units and within the School and University.


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