November 2017

Dr. Brittany Hasty, Representing the GSEC at AAMC

Our Education Fellow, Brittany Hasty, has been selected as a member of the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) through the Association for Surgical Education (ASE). Congratulations Dr. Hasty!

July 2017

Welcome our new GSEC Education Fellow!

Join us in welcoming our new GSEC Education Fellow, Edmund Lee! Dr. Edmund Lee joins us as our new education fellow from the general surgery residency at the Beth Israel Mount Sinai Program in New York.  He has been accepted into and will start his MHPE at UIC this July.  He comes to us with boundless initiative, work ethic, and enthusiasm. He will find his research niche and begin teaching our medical students and residents this month.

May 2017

GSEC Director, James Lau, Winner of the Alwin C Rambar- James BC Mark Award

Dr. James Lau, GSEC Director, won the Alwin C Rambar-James BC Mark Award for Excellence in Patient Care! Dr. Lau's dedicaton to Patient Care compels respectful and effective teamwork. Thank you for your leadership!

October 2015

American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress

The Goodman Director of Programs, Dr. Dana Lin, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons at the 2015 Clinical Congress in Chicago, Illinos.  

Great Teaching Showcase, our Year of Learning

Jim Lau, MD was selected as one of 20 Stanford faculty to present his work on Medical Student Mistreatment 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.  

September 2015

Jim Lau, MD gives inaugural session for the Medical Education Seminar Series

Medical Education. Surgical Principles. Anything is Possible!

An example of an evolution of medical education through the lens of some surgical principles.  From where we were in surgical education to where we dream of being at Stanford.

August 2015

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.

Laura Mazer, MD Speaks at a education conference in China

The 10th Annual Montessori Conference in Qingdao, China

The 10th Annual Montessori Conference in Qingdao, China was an international gathering of more than 1000 educators from a variety of fields, discussing best educational practices and theory. Dr. Mazer was invited to speak on the application of Montessori principles to surgical training. 

July 2015

New Surgical Education Fellow

Edward Shipper, MD

Dr. Shipper joins the Goodman Surgical Education Fellowship after completing his PGY-2 year in general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.  He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history before completing medical school, also at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  His research interests include applicant evaluation and selection in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

April 2015 Association for Surgical Education (ASE)

ASE Annual Banquet 2015 and Workshop

2015 ASE Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award

2015 ASE Outstanding Resident Teaching Award


Interdisciplinary simulation-based crisis resource management training for anesthesia and surgery residents. Association for Surgical Education (ASE)/Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) Annual Meeting Seattle, WA, April 24, 2015. Lau JN, Golhaber-Fiebert S, Udani A, Lin DT, Fanning R, Austin N, Liebert CA, Mazer LM, Roman-Micek, T.


March 2015

Red Team Wins!

General Surgery residents put their leadership and communication skills to the test in the first annual Resident Leadership Challenge. The residents had to recreate a model using surgical materials while relying on a team member's visual memory and clear communication. Pictured: (from left) Katherine Blevins, Elizabeth George, Jared Forrester, and Miquell Miller

Open Surgical Skills Competition

Open Skills Relay

February 2015

Intra-operative Simulation with General Surgery and Anesthesia Chief Residents

December 2014

The American College of Surgeons Accredited “The Education Institute of the Department of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine” as an Accredited Fellowship in Surgical Simulation.  Cara A. Liebert, MD is the first graduate of this fellowship in June 2015.  

September 2014

Balance In Life (BIL) Team Workshop

August 2014

Introducing our New Surgical Education and Innovation Fellow for the 2014/2015 Year

Vivian de Ruijter, MD

Vivian de Ruijter is a Surgical Education and Innovation Fellow at Stanford University, and earned her MD degree from the Erasmus University in The Netherlands. She performed a research fellowship in Digestive and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the IRCAD in France. During her fellowship in France she had the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in hybrid minimally invasive strategies and medical device development. Besides working in several medical device related research studies, she developed an educational program named BEST (Business Engineering and Surgical Technologies) cross-pollinating minimally invasive interventional strategies, providing online and onsite courses in surgical innovation for students in medicine, engineering and business. Through these projects Vivian gained vast experience in project management, medical device development, curriculum development, and conducting research studies in animal and human subjects. Her research interest are within the field of surgical education, surgical innovation and emerging technologies.



July 2014

Introducing our New Education Fellow for the 2014/2015

Laura Mazer, MD

Dr. Mazer is a General Surgery resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. She completed her PGY-3 year before starting as the Surgical Education Fellow at the Goodman Simulation Center. Prior to entering residency, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and earned her M.D. from Emory University. She also completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research at Emory, with the support of an NIH TL1 grant. She is currently in her first year as the Surgical Education Fellow, and her research interests include resident assessments, curriculum development for graduate medical education, and nontechnical skills training.  

February 2014

Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

"The Educational Environment in Surgery for Medical Students"

Presented By: 

James Lau, MD
Clinical Associate Professor,
Division of General Surgery

January 2014

14th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)

Poster Presentation, Cara Liebert, MD

Poster Presentation Cara Liebert, MD

September 2013

SICKO (Surgical Improvement in Clinical Knoledge Ops)

SICKO is a novel gaming platform designed to teach the clinical and operative management of surgical patients.  It features 15 virtual patients with classic surgical diseases.  The game challenges the player to accurately diagnose, effectively resuscitate, and appropriately treat multiple sick patients at a time.  

Test your surgical judgement skills here:

July 2013

First Stanford Surgical Education Fellow to Begin Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE)

Cara Liebert, MD

In the realization of the evolution of the Department of Surgery’s Education Fellowship, Dr. Cara Liebert became the first of our long line of fellows to apply for, gain acceptance into and complete her first core course in the Master of Health Professions Education degree program from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her acceptance into this program, into the oldest Department of Medical Education in the United States, was amongst competition from those usually well into their careers in medical education.  Dr. Liebert will complete her Master’s Degree and thesis in her two years as a fellow between her 2nd and 3rd clinical years of her surgery residency.

Dana Lin, MD

Education Fellow, Dr. Dana Lin Becomes GSC Curriculum Director
2011-2013 Stanford Surgical Education Fellow, Dr. Dana Lin, will be joining the faculty as Clinical Instructor at the Palo Alto VA location and has accepted the position of Curriculum Director of the Goodman Simulation Center.  Dana is a fellowship trained endocrine surgeon from the Massachusetts General Hospital and completed her residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).  She helps design and implement the surgical skills curriculum and has published in the area of emotional intelligence.  Her scholarship in medical education includes work on feedback and clinical decision-making, as well as publication of a mobile e-book surgery guide. 

Julia Park, MD

Dr. Julia Park Returns to Residency
2012 – 2013 Surgical Education Fellow, Dr. Julia Park, with a heavy heart returns to complete her surgical residency at Stanford.  She brought fire and personality to the GSC and is missed.  She continues her work on surgical decision-making as data from that project materializes.  She presented her work on trends in resident evaluations at Stanford at the recent Women in Surgery Career Symposium in San Francisco in the poster format.

June 2013

First Annual Department of Surgery Laparoscopic ‘Judgment Day'

The first annual Department of Surgery Laparoscopic Judgment Day Competition for the surgery residency was held at the Immersive Learning Center this June.  Teams competed in several laparoscopic events and were judged on time and accuracy.  Pictured is the winning team but all teams performed well and showed evidence of practice and camaraderie. Yijun Chen, Kevin Helling, Kirellos Zamary, Sepideh Gholami, and Micaela Esquivel were on the winning team.  The plaque is in the GSC and all the subsequent competition winners will join them as the years go by.  Their hard work, practice, and coordination paid off.

Dr. Julia Park's poster at the 4th Annual Women in Surgery Career Symposium