The Mission of the Goodman Surgical Education Center

The mission of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University is to provide excellent patient care, to deliver outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, and furthermore to invent the future of Surgery through a commitment to basic science, clinical research and innovation. To this end, the Goodman Surgical Education Center at Stanford is an integral part of these missions, and of the broad education programs throughout Stanford University School of Medicine.


The Goodman Surgical Education Center has a robust educational curriculum including, Resident Education, Medical Students, Pre-Medical Students, and an ACS-AEI Accredited Surgical Simulation Fellowship. 

January Newsletter

Goodman Center Director, Dr. Jim Lau, provides us with a look into the new and exciting changes taking place in the Goodman Center right now and what we can look forward to for the future.


Our research endeavors include flipped classroom for medical student core clerkship, sub-optimal learning environment for medical students, technical skills assessments, and innovative self-assessment platforms.  

Education & Research

The research activities in the Goodman Center focus on education and training for its learner population, to improve the trajectory of skills and enhance communication between team members in and outside the surgical suite.

Da Vinci Robot Bookings

Only residents in the robot curriculum can book time on the Da Vinci Robot.