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 Simulation Center at Stanford is an integral part of these missions, and of the broad education programs throughout Stanford University School of Medicine.

Educational Programs

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. 


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.  

Stanford's first Great Teaching Showcase

Goodman Director, Dr. Jim Lau was selected as one of 20 Stanford faculty to participate at Stanford's First Great Teaching Showcase sponsored by the Vice Provost John Mitchell and the Office of Teaching and Learning on October 2, 2015.  

Medical Education Seminar Series

Goodman Director, Dr. James Lau presented the inaugural session for the Medical Education Seminar Series on September 23, 2015

"Medical Education.  Surgical Principles.  Anything is possible." 

Clinical Teaching Seminar Series

The Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS) is a new joint faculty development program of the Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesia departments.

The Series is a once monthly seminar on core topics within medical education, presented by content experts to a multi-disciplinary audience across all levels.