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CISL Staff Completes SSH Certification Programs

It gives CISL tremendous pride to announce three of our staff as newly certified healthcare simulation professionals. Dr. Lexi Buchanan, Director of Simulation and Education, received the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and Teresa Roman-Micek, Lead Simulationist, and John Fell, Simulation Technology Specialist, each received the Certified Health Operations Specialist (CHSOS).

Both of the CHSE and CHSOS Certification Programs were developed by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) for individuals interested in demonstrating their commitment to being the best in simulation education.

This collective achievement is result of hard work and dedication, and demonstrates CISL’s continued commitment to being the best in simulation education.

Congratulations for your accomplishments!


Simulation and Immersive learning techniques used for research in new study highlited in the July 27, 2017 Pain and Medicine News article, Immersive Training Experience Helps Teach Safe Opioid Prescribing, by Dr. Jordan Newmark.

David M. Gaba, MD is featured in the July 26, 2017 Stanford Medicine Scope article, Training Anesthesiologists to Handle Emergecies Using Simulation.


CISL's Mary Ayers Wins Inspiring Change Leadership Award

It is CISL’s distinct pleasure to announce Mary Ayers Director, CISL Operations, as one of two recipients of the 16th Annual Inspiring Change Leadership Award winners.

Mary Ayers is a 20+ year employee at Stanford School of Medicine whose efforts and ambition lead her to her current role as CISL’s Director of Operations where she expertly navigates the various challenges of scheduling and operational logistics for the school’s educational efforts.

The award’s rigorous eligibility criteria delineate that nominees must have demonstrated outstanding performance and initiated or led change and innovation affecting an entire work group, department, or multiple departments. What sets Mary apart was her ability to successfully lead the ILC Scheduling Lean Launch Project by working with Service Excellence to engage EPS administration, CISL team members, and other School of Medicine stakeholders to streamline scheduling processes and reduce variability, errors, and turnaround time for all requests.

On May 25, 2017, Senior Associate Dean, Marcia Cohen formally presented the award to Mary commemorating her accomplishments, followed by a celebration attended by colleagues, family and friends. Please join us in extending your personal congratulations to Mary on the tremendous success she has achieved through her hard work and commitment to excellence.

10th Annual CISL Symposium

Dr. Gaba delivers opening remarks at the 10th Annual CISL Symposium.

The 10th Annual CISL Symposium, held on May 22, 2017 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, brought together like-minded simulation professionals, friends, and partners in the simulation community under one roof to learn about and discuss the latest in simulation-based education and research. This year the event was headlined by keynote speaker Dr. Aaron W. Calhoun, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Univeristy of Louisville, Director, SPARC Program, Norton Children’s Hospital, who presented on The Intersection of Ethics, Education, and Simulation: Exploring Difficult IssuesThe talk touched on a number of ethical questions relating to the use of deliberate deception to create more realistic scenarios and the use of mannequin death in response to inappropriate learner action. He discussed opinions concerning under what circumstances (if any) these techniques should be applied.

Symposium keynote speaker Dr. Aaron Calhoun takes questions from the audience.

An afternoon workshop was also led by Dr. Calhoun who spoke on the topic of Developing a Career in Simulation Research; Strategies for Young Investigators. The presentation centered on the skills needed to move beyond basic questions and develop a career in education research. He discussed the need to learn the techniques to explore the assumptions behind research questions, and he reviewed common errors made when designing, executing an disseminating the results of studies. The session also included several break-out sessions consisting of small-group conversations to explore challenges and share actionable tactics.

All of the highlited presentations can be downloaded to view and the entire symposium is available on video (SUNet ID required).

The Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning is pleased to announce that it’s 2016 Accomplishments Report is now available online. We invite you to view the report of key events during the past year by the simulation community who create and conduct powerful activities for teaching, learning, and scholarship in our world-class integrated center where modalities of immersive and simulation-based learning exist. 

Milestone changes from the report include:

  • An overview of CISL’s Strategic Goals showcasing ILC’s vast educational simulation activities, including conferences, trainings, bootcamps and research initiatives.
  • ILC user activity data summary, with results for fiscal year 2016.
  • A special feature by Sarah Hilgenberg MD, reflecting on her experiences in the Immersive Learning Center.
  • Resignation of Sandi Feaster from the position of Assistant Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning and the return of Susan Eller, MSN, RN , PhD student to CISL as the new Assistant Dean.
  • New communication efforts, including the new CISL website, thriving Twitter feeds and educational filming projects.

Visit our Accomplishments Reports website page to download the full PDF version. We hope that you share our pride in CISL's accomplishments and thank you for your continued support.


David M. Gaba, MD, Recipient of the American Medical Women's Association as the Dr. Larry Zaroff of Good Conscience Award

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) honored Dr. David Gaba with the 2017 Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award at its 102nd annual meeting award luncheon on April 1, 2017.  This award is presented to a male physician who has been a champion and supporter of women in medicine in the tradition established by Dr. Zaroff.

L to R: AMWA official, Dr. Zaroff’s son and wife, Dr. David Gaba, AMWA official, and Dr. Lo who was also an award recipient.

David M. Gaba, M.D. is Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning as well as Professor (with tenure) of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the Founder and Co-Director of the Simulation Center at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System where he is also a Staff Physician. Dr. Gaba’s laboratory has worked for more than 30 years on human performance and patient safety issues, applying organizational safety theory to health care. The laboratory invented the modern full-body patient simulator and also first adapted Crew Resource Management training from aviation to healthcare as Crisis Resource Management.  He is a key pioneer in the development of cognitive aids and Emergency Manuals in healthcare. Dr. Gaba has authored over 135 original articles, commentaries, and editorials in various peer-reviewed journals. He has written more than 25 book chapters, and is the lead author of a well-known book Crisis Management in Anesthesiology (1st and 2nd editions) and was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the indexed peer-reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare. 

In the words of his nominator, Dr. Amanda Burden, “Dr. Gaba is truly a man of good conscience and is an ardent and steadfast supporter of women in medicine. He is extraordinarily generous with his knowledge, time, and support, and has served as a mentor and tremendous supporter for me and for many of my colleagues in education, research, and in practice in the fields of medicine, anesthesiology and simulation. I have had the opportunity to work on a number of projects with Dr. Gaba from the time I first met him in 2007. This relationship has grown stronger through his mentorship of my work on various studies, presentations, and federal grants. Throughout our relationship, Dr. Gaba has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and effectiveness as a mentor, especially of women in medicine, and remains constantly available to teach, counsel, and mentor all of us.”

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise and mentoring and through building strategic alliances. Founded in 1915, AMWA is the oldest multi-specialty organization of women physicians.  As the vision and voice of women in medicine for nearly a century, AMWA empowers women to lead in improving health for all, within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women. 

Women Mentored by Dr. Gaba


David M. Gaba, MD, Presented with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare's Pioneer in Simulation Award 

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, 2017.



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.

September 15

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.

August 31

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.

July 14

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.

April 20

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

April 5

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!

January 16-20

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.


May 29

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.

May 13

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

April 23-26

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.

January 10-14

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).


November 12

7th Annual CISL Symposium
Keynote speaker: Richard Snyder, MD, Group Health Cooperative & Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA

September 1

Nik Blevins, MD and Team Featured in the New York Times
The September 1, 2014 article, "Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy, Building a Robot With Human Touch", reflects his work on the haptics of performing delicate simulated ear surgery.

July 17

Terry Fairbanks, MD, MS,/Director of SiTEL Published in Washington Post: No more See One, Do One, Teach One
Terry Fairbanks, MD captures what we at Stanford believe and practice (for the past 3 decades) under the tutelage of David Gaba, MD. In the article entitled, "When the mission is patient first, we don’t try first on patients’, published in the Washington Post, July 17, 2014, he discusses training from the simple to complex for various learner populations.

May 7

Congratulations to IMPRINT
Resident Reflection essay for the Medical Education and Simulation Elective.

March 13

ILC in the Magazine
Dr. Andrew Nevins and the ILC are referenced in the March 13, 2014 article, "Playing Sick" by Carren Jao.


Congratulations to the CISL 2014 Mini-grants Recipients:

  • Management of the Critically Ill Obstetric Patient, Multi-Modal Simulation Curriculum
    by: Charles Lei, MD
  • Pallitalk Discussion Goals of Care
    by: Stephanie Harman, MD and Joshua Fronk, MD
  • Simulation of Otolaryngology Emergencies
    by: Jennifer Lee, MD
  • Scrub Training Simulation Based Education Module for Medical Students
    by: James Lau, MD, Dana Lin, MD and Cara Lieber, MD

David Gaba, MD in U.S. News and World Report
Dr. Gaba, 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. The issue also features a photo of the Emergency Nursing simulation training program in action.



Goodman Surgical Simulation Center Awarded 3-Year Re-Accreditation of the American College of Surgeons Education Institute
Congratulations to Dr. Lau and the GSSC team!


MedEd Seminar Series: How to Plan Simulation Scenarios - The Good, Bad and Ugly
Presented by: Sandra Feaster, Assistant Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning; Susan Eller, Manager, Immersive Learning Center; and Candace Pau, MD, CISL Education Development Specialist 

MedEd Seminar Series: Getting (Educational) Research Published
Presented by: David M. Gaba, Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning, Professor of Anesthesia 

May 24

6th Annual CISL Symposium
Keynote speaker: K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, Conradi Eminent Scholar, Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

IRT Named Finalist for 2013 AMX Innovations Award
Congratulations to the Information Resources & Technology (IRT) department at Stanford School of Medicine for being named one of three finalists for the 2013 AMX Innovation Award in the Automation and Control Initiative category. IRT's proposal, titled "Stanford University School of Medicine Immersive learning Center," involves using the central control capabilities of the AMX control system to design a powerful and flexible audiovisual system to fit the needs of programs in the Immersive Learning Center, from standardized patient programs to mannequin-based simulations, to virtual worlds. The award will be presented on June 10th at the UBTech 2013 Conference at Walt Disney Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL.

May 6

David Gaba, MD, Featured in Inside Stanford Medicine
In the May 6 Issue article, "What health-care providers can learn from nuclear industry", on the collaboration between officials from the health-care and nuclear industries, they discuss each field’s similarities and differences in areas such as diagnostic and prognostic technologies and human factors that affect risk and reliability. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation recently released a 120-page monograph detailing the lessons learned. David Gaba, MD, Professor of Anesthesia and Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning at the School of Medicine, discusses what health-care providers can learn from the nuclear industry in a Q&A in the issue.


Ankeet Udani, MD, Awarded Research Fellowship
Ankeet Udani, MD, CA-3 anesthesia resident and Fellow in Stanford’s Anesthesia and Research in Medicine (FARM) program, was awarded a Research Fellowship Grant from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research titled: "The effectiveness of simulation-based deliberate practice versus a standard didactic curriculum on learning regional anesthesia."

The aim of his group’s study is to determine the efficacy of simulation-based deliberate practice on novice residents’ performance of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks. Deliberate practice training entails1) focused and repetitive practice, 2) informative realtime feedback, 3) precise measurements of performance, 4) a motivated learner, and 5) well-defined learning objectives. They hypothesize that simulation-based deliberate practice will significantly increase resident assessment scores and self-confidence in performing ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks versus a standard didactic curriculum. Future deliberate practice studies will translate its impact on clinical performance and patient safety, and detail cognitive characteristics of practitioners who benefit most from it.

Dr. Udani will be concurrently completing a Master’s in Education at Johns Hopkins University. His research interest is in the clinical impact of medical simulation on education.

Mentors: Dr. Steve Howard, Dr. David Gaba, Dr. Edward Mariano, Dr. Clarence Braddock, and Dr. Kelley Skeff

David Gaba, MD, Featured in US News & World Report
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 article, titled "Fitted Out for the Future," addresses the use of simulation in medical education. The photo accompanying the article features the Emergency Nursing simulation training program in action in the ILC.

Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert, MD, Receives Grant for Emergency Manual Implementation
Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert received a grant from the Vice Provost for Online Learning to develop an online course for medical students entitled: “Emergency manual implementation in the clinical clerkships – a blended learning approach.” The purpose of this collaboration with Vivian Lei, Sylvia Bereknyei, and Katy Nandagopal is to provide for clinical medical students a collection of innovative online videos illustrating principles of crisis resource management, and specifically the role of cognitive aids such as emergency manuals. Dr. Goldhaber-Fiebert is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Anesthesia Department and Co-Director of Evolve simulation course, as well as faculty for multiple simulation courses.

Stanford Emergency Manual Public Launch
After many requests, the Stanford Anesthesia Cognitive Aid Group (SACAG) is pleased to announce a free, downloadable pdf of our latest Emergency Manual: Cognitive Aids for Perioperative Critical Events which contains 23 critical events in a user-friendly format, as well as Crisis Resource Management principles, updated in March 2013 (after many simulation-tested iterations).


Steven Howard, MD, Appointed Chair of APSF'S Committee on Scientific Evaluation
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) has recently named Steven K. Howard, MD, Chair of the Committee on Scientific Evaluation. The APSF is the oldest foundation focusing on patient safety in healthcare. It has offered grant funding for research and education projects on patient safety since 1985. The Scientific Evaluation Committee acts as the grant review committee/study section, annually recommending to the APSF Executive Committee which proposals are worthy funding. APSF currently provides approximately $750,000 of grants per year. Dr. Howard has been a member of the Committee for a number of years and is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

SiME Seminar Series: Towards Meaningful Simulation Pedagogy - Lessons Learned
Featured speaker: Heli Ruokamo, PhD, Visiting Scholar, H-Star Institute, Stanford University, Professor, Faculty of Education Director, Centre for Media Pedagogy, University of Lapland, Finland

SiME Seminar Series: First Do No Harm - Creating a Safe Learning Environment in Simulation
Featured speakers: Susan Eller, RN, MSN, Manager, Immersive Learning Center, Stanford University School of Medicine and Sandra Feaster, RN, MS, MBA, Assistant Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning, Stanford University School of Medicine.

February 14

David Gaba, MD, in The Wall Street Journal
Dr. David Gaba, Associate Dean, Immersive and Simulation-based Learning, is quoted in The Wall Street Journal article by Christopher Weaver titled, "All the World Isn't a Stage, but Some Med Classes Are."


Dept of Neurology Stroke Code Simulation Presented at International Stroke Conference
CISL would like to acknowledge the following presentation by Stanford Department of Neurology at the 2013 International Stroke Conference: Tai WA, Bauman JJ, Vora N, Melamed E, Schwartz N. Simulation “Code Stroke” Training for Neurology Residents Increase Knowledge Translation to Action. Presented at the 2013 International Stroke Conference, Honolulu, HI, February 6-8, 2013.

SiME Seminar Series: Journal Club - Ethical Considerations in Simulation
Featured speaker: David M. Gaba, MD, Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning, Professor of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine  

January 25-30

CISL-affiliated Faculty Present at IMSH 2013
Numerous CISL-affliated faculty and staff contributed posters, workshops, and lectures to the 2013 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), held January 25-30, 2013 in Orlando, FL. Some of these presentations included:

  • Susan Eller, RN, MSN: "Transforming Faculty Development: Raising the Bar of Success", "Mix it Up: Blended Learning for Simulation-based Education", "Assessment of Team Performance"
  • Sandra Feaster, RN, MS, MBA: "Innovation and Validation: Simulator Development from Conceptualization to Evaluation (Validation)", "Advanced Data Analysis and Reporting of Simulation Program Activities"
  • Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert, MD: "Using Screen-based Simulation to Animate Case-based Teaching for Acute Care"
  • Lou Halamek, MD: "INSPIRE Research Project Updates", "Meet the Sim Experts Luncheon - Simulation Program Development", "Post-simulation Debriefing Formats from the Army and NASA"
  • T. Kyle Harrison, MD and Lawrence Chu, MD: "Lights, Camera, Simulation! Videography and Multimedia Essentials for Simulation"
  • W. LeRoy Heinrichs, MD, PhD and Parvati Dev, PhD: "Introduction to Game-based and Virtual Environments"
  • Anita Honkanen, MD: "Interprofessional Team Simulations: Barriers, Tips and Tricks"
  • Steve Howard, MD: "Bringing Crisis Resource Management to Life", "SimWars" (judge), "Debriefing Olympics"
  • Michael Mayette, MD and Paul Mohabir, MD: "Multidisciplinary ACLS Training Using High-Fidelity Simulation"


November 15

SiME Seminar Series: Haptics in Medical Simulation
Featured speaker: Allison Okamura, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Principal Investigator, Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Laboratory

October 23

SiME Seminar Series: Project Transform - An In Situ Simulation Training Program to Improve Outcomes through Early Detection and Treatment of Hospital-acquired Complications
Featured speakers: Clarence Braddock III, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education, and Nancy Szaflarski, PhD, RN, FCCM, Program Director, Clinical Effectiveness Innovations Quality, Patient Safety and Effectiveness Department


CISL-affiliated Faculty Receive School of Medicine Awards
CISL would like to congratulate the following faculty for their recent teaching awards. These faculty are frequent users of the Immersive Learning Center in the LKSC:

  • The Alwin C. Rambar-James B.D. Mark Award for Excellence in Patient Care
    Paul Mohabir, MD - Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching
    Jeffrey Chi, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
  • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching
    Gordon Lee, MD, Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery


SiME Seminar Series: Virtual Reality, Social Identity, and Health
Featured speaker: Jeremy Bailenson, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication, Director, Institute for Communication, Research Director, Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory (VHIL)



Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Publishes Simulation Study
Congratulations to our colleagues Steven Lipman, MD, Kay Daniels, MD, Sheila E. Cohen, MBChB, FRCA, and Brendan Carvalho, MBBCH, FRCA on their recently published paper "Labor Room Setting Compared with the Operating Room for Simulated Perimortem Cesarean Delivery: A Randomized Controlled Trial". Their paper was published in the November 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


SiME Seminar Series: Live Problem Based Learning
Featured speaker: Geoffrey Lighthall, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Anesthesia and Critical Care


SiME Seminar Series: Scenario Design - A How-to Workshop
Featured speaker: T. Kyle Harrison, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesia

June 7

David Gaba, MD, in NPR 
NPR's Marketplace aired a piece titled, "How Fake Blood and Medical Dummies Could Save Billions". Our very own Dr. Gaba was interviewed for the piece.

June 2-4

David Gaba, MD, Gives Plenary Talk at SESAM
Dr. David Gaba, Associate Dean for Immersive & Simulation-based Learning, gave the opening plenary talk: "The Future of Research in Simulation: Thinking Strategically" at the annual meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). The event took place in Granada, Spain, June 2-4, 2011.


Computerized Virtual Dissection Table at Stanford
Congratulations to our colleagues in the Division of Anatomy for their work.

April 20

5th Annual CISL Symposium
Keynote speaker: Bernard Harris, MD, NASA Astronaut "The Future of Medicine: An Astronaut's Perspective"



SiME Seminar Series: Considerations for Teaching the Next Generation of Learners
Featured speaker: Brian Brost, M.D., Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic; Director of Operations, Mayo Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, Mayo Clinic Rochester Centers, Rochester, Minnesota

July 1

The Education Institute of the Department of Surgery at Stanford is Re-Accredited as a Level 1 Education Institute
On July 1, 2010, the Education Institute of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine (which includes activities in the Goodman Surgical Simulation Center) was awarded re-accreditation as a Level 1 Comprehensive Education Institute. The Stanford Department of Surgery was one of the early centers to receive this prestigious American College of Surgeons (ACS) Education Institute accreditation.


David Gaba, MD, Wins Kaiser Award
David Gaba, MD, Associate Dean, Immersive and Simulation-based Learning is awarded the 2010 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Gaba’s 20+ year career as a practitioner, an advocate, a developer and a thought leader in the field of simulation-based education is without par.


SiME Seminar Series: Breaking the Error Chain - What Healthcare can and is learning from Aviation Safety Training
Featured speaker: Michael S.B. Edwards M.D., FAAP,FACS, Lucile Packard Endowed Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Co-Director Center for Childrens Brain Tumors, Director Regional Pediatric Neurosurgery

March 2

SiME Seminar Series: Designing and Testing a Pedagogical Model for Simulation-based Learning Environments - Preliminary Findings and Perspectives on Future Research
Featured speakers: Heli Ruokamo, Professor, Director of Centre for Pedagogy and Tuulikki Keskitalo, Project Manager, Researcher


SiME Seminar Series: The Visible Human Project, Visible Human Dissector and Other Medical Procedure Simulators
Featured speaker: Vic Spitzer, MD, Director, Center for Human Simulation University of Colorado, School of Medicine

January 28

Stanford University and David Gaba, MD, in The New York Times
In its January 28, 2010 issue, The New York Times quotes Dr. David Gaba in the article titled, "Practicing on Patients, Real and Otherwise." Dr. Gaba describes simulation at Stanford and how simulation can help develop decision-making, teamwork and team management skills.



CISL at the 2009 Simulation and Education Conference
CISL Program Director, Sandra Feaster along with Eric Brown, MD (Chair, Public Affairs and Government Relations (PAGR) Committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare) and David Feinstein, MD (PAGR committee member) met with Admiral Fred Lewis (Center), President, National Training and Simulation Association during the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in November 2009. The purpose of this meeting was to forge a collaboration between SSiH and I/ITSEC.

SiME Seminar Series: Teaching Clinical Skills and Decision-making in the Digital Age - Development of Closed-loop Simulators for Training and Evaluation of Clinical Professionals
Featured speaker: Kanav Kahol, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics Arizona State University Research Faculty Banner Health, Phoenix, Arizona


SiME Seminar Series: Robots for NOTES
Featured speaker: Dmitry Oleynikov, MD, FACS, Board Certified in General Surgery Associate Professor, Director of The Center for Advanced Surgical Technology and Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center

SiME Seminar Series: High-Fidelity Simulation/Virtual Environments to Improve the Safety and Efficiency of Clinical Trials
Featured speaker: Jeffrey M. Taekman, MD, Director, Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center, and Assistant Dean for Educational Technology, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University School of Medicine

March 23

David Gaba, MD, in The New York Times
Dr. David Gaba responds to The New York Times article on Resident Training, "Of Doctors and Risks."

February 4

SiME Seminar Series: Turning a Team of Experts into an Expert Team - Contributions from the Science of Teamwork and Simulation
Featured speaker: Eduardo Salas, PhD, Professor and Trustee Chair, Department of Psychology, Institute for Simulation & Training, University of Central Florida


SiME Seminar Series: Simulation, Legislation, Regulation and Accreditation in Australia - A Surgeon's Perspective
Featured speaker: Patrick Cregan, MD, Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney , Clinical Program Director, Sydney West Area Health Service, Chair, Surgical Services Taskforce NSW Department of Health

January 16

SiME Seminar Series: A Case for Funding Large Scale Simulations in Australian Healthcare
Featured speaker: Marcus Watson, PhD, Senior Director of Queensland Health, Skills Development Centre, Associate Professor of Medical Education at the School of Medicine, University of Queensland



December 1

CISL 3rd Annual Symposium


SiME Seminar Series: Medical Simulation in Israel Today
Featured speaker: Professor Gad Barkai, Sr. Vice Chair of the Ob/Gyn Service at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel - Hashomer


SiME Seminar Series: Improvement in Coronary Anastomosis using Cardiac Surgery Simulation
Featured speaker: James Fann, MD, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

March 14

SiME Seminar Series: Draining the Swamp - How to (and how not to) Integrate Simulation and Patient Safety into a Largo HMO
Featured speaker: Paul Preston, MD, Anesthesiologist, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco, Physician Patient Safety Educator, The Permanente Medical Group


SiME Seminar Series: Using Virtual Worlds to Train a Team of Medical Novices in Emergency Situations
Featured speaker: Johan Creutzfeldt, MD, Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, Karolinska University Hospital; Stockholm, Sweden, Dept. of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden

SiME Seminar Series: Simulation – Learning – Realism: Elements of simulation-based learning environments/Workshop: Bringing CRM to Life Using Hollywood Movies
Featured speaker: Peter Dieckmann, PhD, Danish Institute for Medical Simulation, Herlev Hospital Center for Patient Safety and Simulation (TuPASS), Tubingen Germany