Surgical Education Fellowship

The Goodman Surgical Education Fellowship is a funded two-year position for a resident between the 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th post-graduate year in General Surgery.

This is an American College of Surgeons – Education Institutes Accredited Fellowship in Simulation and Education in Surgery. The intent of the fellowship is to equip surgeons with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for leadership positions in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

This fellowship program has trained surgical residents in education for over eight years and has established a track record in mentoring education research arcs, outstanding teachers, and careers in surgical education.

The fellowship consists of formal training in medical education, teaching residents and medical students, curriculum design and implementation, program evaluation, education research, and simulation as a teaching method.

Fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for and pursue a Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago that would be funded by the program.

A current CV, letter of interest, and at least two letters of reference should be directed to Dr. James N. Lau, Director of the Education Fellowship and Director of the Goodman Surgical Education Center for the Department of Surgery at Stanford (email: jnlau@stanford.edu)

About the Fellowship

Surgical Education Fellow Dr. Ed Lee helps a General Surgery Resident learn to use an FES training model

The Department of Surgery, under the mentorship of Drs. Tom Krummel and Sanjeev Dutta introduced a two year Surgical Education Research Fellowship in July 2007. This program was offered to surgery residents at Stanford who were interested in surgical education.  During this Fellowship, the resident spent two years designing, implementing, analyzing, presenting and publishing research projects in their field(s) of interest. Past projects have included research on surgical skills and, boot camps, and simulation in patient safety. Fellows accomplished formal training in medical education by attending the ACS surgeons as educator course and simulation training through the CISL course.  

Since 2009, the fellowship has been under the direction of James Lau, MD, FACS and has included new scholarship areas of gender differences in confidence levels of residents, curriculum design, emotional intelligence, learner feedback, warm-up, trends in evaluation, and clinical decision-making.  Works in these areas have been presented nationally and in manuscript form. 

The fellows gain valuable experience in all aspects of designing, implementing, and evaluating several educational program curricula.  These include the General Surgery skills curriculum for residents and the skills program for the medical student Surgery Core Clerkship. Fellows have full access to and assist in the operational management of the Goodman Surgical Education Center and all its myriad of activities.

The Education Fellows also are expected to be examples nationally and present their works of scholarship locally at Stanford and at national meetings.  They meet and have access to surgical education leaders nationally and internationally by attending the ACS – Education Institutes Consortium Meeting and Postgraduate Course annually.  They attend Surgical Education Week (APDS/Association for Surgical Education) and ACS Clinical Congress if they present research projects. 

The fellows are intimately involved in the planning and implementation of the Department of Surgery Annual Residency Education Retreat every spring.  This includes selecting the keynote speaker and the two to three areas of educational focus for our residents and faculty.


Current Fellows

Tiffany Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson joins us from Gainesville, Florida where she attended the University of Florida (UF) for her undergraduate and graduate medical school degrees. She has also completed three years of her General Surgery residency and a one year Surgical Critical Care fellowship at UF. Her current interests involve the ultilization fo technology and simulation to improve patient centered communication.


Email: tnanders@stanford.edu

Edmund Lee, MD

Dr. Lee is a General Surgery resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York, NY. He completed his PGY-2 year prior to starting as a Surgical Education Fellow at the Goodman Surgical Education Center. He completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers University and his M.D. from Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School. He is working toward a Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Lee’s research interests include explorations in emotional intelligence, development of novel platforms for learning, and professional development of surgical residents.


Email: Edwlee@stanford.edu

Past Fellows

Edward Shipper, MD (2015-2017)

Dr. Shipper joined 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. 

Laura Mazer, MD (2014-2016)

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 in July 2014. 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 in her year second year as a Surgical Education Fellow and is working on her Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  Dr. Mazer's research interests include resident assessments, curriculum development for graduate medical education, and nontechnical skills training.  

Vivian de Ruijter, MD (2014-2016 Surgical Education and Innovation Fellow)

Vivian de Ruijter 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.

Cara Liebert, MD (2013-2015)

Dr. Liebert is a Chief General Surgery resident in the Department of Surgery at Stanford.  Prior to entering the Stanford General Surgery Residency program, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate and earned her M.D. degree from Stanford School of Medicine. She is currently finishing her Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She plans to pursue an academic career in General Surgery and surgical education. Her interests encompasses both medical student and resident education with areas of research focus including curriculum development, skills assessment, and surgical simulation.

Julia Park, MD (2012-2013)

After completing the General Surgery Residency Program in the Department of Surgery at Stanford, Dr. Park entered her fellowship in Minimally-Invasive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to entering medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Park was involved in research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  She pursued her interest in medical education as a Education Fellow for the Department of Surgery here at Stanford for one year.  Dr. Park's current research interests include gender differences in resident evaluations and surgical clinical decision making.

Dana Lin, MD (2011-2013)
Dr. Lin was born and raised in upstate New York and received her medical degree at University at Buffalo School of Medicine. She completed her general surgical residency at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, subspecialty training in endocrine surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as a fellowship in surgical education at Stanford School of Medicine.  She is currently the curriculum director of the Goodman Simulation Center at Stanford, where she is invested in designing and implementing skills curricula for medical students and residents, creating mobile software to enhance surgical training, and conducting research in surgical education.  She also holds faculty positions at both Stanford Health Care and VA Palo Alto where she practices general and endocrine surgery.

Aarthy Kannappan, MD (2011-2012)

Lou Salamone, MD (2010-2011)

Yulia Zak, MD (2009-2011)

Tim Plerhoples, MD (2009-2011)

Eliza Long, MD (2008-2009)

Rich Parent, MD (2007-2009)