Mission Statement and Strategic Goals

Mission Statement

CISL aims to improve patient safety, patient care, education, and research through innovations in immersive and simulation-based learning techniques and tools by embedding them throughout Stanford Medicine’s education and training programs.

Strategic Goals

Education and Training of Students & Clinical Trainees

Improve the education and training of Stanford students (undergraduate, medical, and graduate) and Medical Center trainees (residents, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral scholars) using ISL.

Healthcare Systems Improvement

Improve care delivery and operational outcomes throughout Stanford Medicine, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health, the VA Palo Alto, and Stanford University Medical Indemnity and Trust Insurance Company (SUMIT) by improving the individual and teamwork skills of healthcare personnel.


Use ISL techniques for explicit assessment/testing of skills, knowledge, and performance of students, trainees, and experienced personnel.


Promote, support and conduct fundamental research and evaluation about ISL and to use the ISL techniques as a research tool.

Provide Immersive Learning to External Experienced Clinicians

Improve the clinical skills (both “technical” and “non-technical”) of healthcare personnel, as individuals and in teams, through ISL.

Community Outreach

Develop and conduct outreach programs for local community and lay groups, as well as public safety and public health organizations and healthcare providers, exposing them to the benefits and potential of ISL.

Leadership and Advocacy

Provide leadership in advocating the future vision of immersive and simulation-based learning in healthcare for the nation and the world.

Faculty Development

Recruit, train, and sustain faculty to become effective ISL educators.


Create management infrastructure and procedures that effectively coordinate and integrate the Center’s priorities, activities, and resources among its constituent units and within the School and University.