September 2020

New Director of GSEC

Dr. Jim Lau has taken on the positions of Director of Surgical Education and Training and Division Chief of Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery at Loyola Medicine. Vice Chair of Education Dr. Jim Korndorffer has taken over directorship of the GSEC.

June 2020

2020-2022 Fellow Arrives

Our new Surgical Education Fellow, Dr. LaDonna Kearse, has arrived!

COVID-19 in New York: Stanford volunteers provide care, support

Senior Surgical Education Fellow Dr. Ingrid Schmiederer returned to her home hospital in New York City to volunteer in the overwhelmed COVID-19 units.

January 2020

Education Learning Through Simulation

Our senior Surgical Education fellow, Tiffany Anderson, presents her abstract: Using the Fundamentals to Learn the Fundamentals of Appendectomies and Linear Staplers.

Our researcher, Robert Shi, presents his abstract: Fostering Team Culture in the Operating Room through Interprofessional In-Situ Simulation.

International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare 

The GSEC Team traveled to San Diego taking part of a simulation exhibition. They showcase interprofessionalism within a simulated operating room.

December 2019

2019's GSEC Intern Appreciation Day

All welcomed to appreciate not just the interns on their halfway journey through residency, but also each other before the holidays.

November 2019

Surgical Metrics Project

GSEC Administrators, Jenirose Santos and Marisol Rueda, taking part in Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center's (TECI) Surgical Metrics Project at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.

October 2019

Validity Evidence for a Knowledge Assessment Tool for a Mastery Learning Scrub Training Curriculum

Starting the beginning of October with a publication! Congratulations to our past Education Fellows: Edward Shipper, Brittany Hasty, and Edmund Lee; as well as, Dr. James Lau, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, and Sarah Miller on this publication! 

August 2019

One Position Open for a Current Surgical Resident Interested in Medical Education

It is that time again that the Goodman Surgical Education Center has one position open for the next Surgical Education Fellow here at Stanford.

For more information, please see our Education Program->Surgical Education Fellowship.

Application submission is closed.

July 2019

Robert Shi

Robert Shi is joining the Goodman Surgical Education Center as a social science researcher with InterCEPT. He just completed an MS degree in Community Health and Prevention Research at the Stanford School of Medicine (class of 2019) and completed a BA in Sociology at Stanford University (class of 2018). At InterCEPT, he is studying the effects of simulation on interprofessional teamwork in the operating room through qualitative and quantitative analysis. Broadly, he is interested in socioeconomic differences in health and healthcare access.

Marisol Rueda

Marisol Rueda joins as the Administrative Associate/Simulation Technician for the Goodman Surgical Education Center. She will be working alongside Jenirose Santos, Goodman Administrator, to make sure the day-to-day activities within the center run smoothly and efficiently.

Marisol has been a part of the General Surgery team for the last two years, and along with her role at Goodman, she will continue to support Drs. James Lau and Janey Pratt.

Ingrid Schmiederer

New Surgical Education Fellow

Dr. Schmiederer joins the Goodman Surgical Education Center as the newest Education Fellow. She is joining us from Philadelphia, PA, where she graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed a BA in History from Joh Hopkins University. She has also completed three years of General Surgery Residency training at New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, where she developed interests in researching resident evaluation, surgical skills assessment and engagement in community outreach.

June 2019

Farewell Edmund Lee!

This month, we say farewell and best wishes to our recently graduated Goodman Surgical Education Fellow, Dr. Edmund Lee! Dr. Lee is returning to residency at Inova Fairfax.

We wish him the best of luck and a huge thank you for everything he has done during his time here at Stanford.

Intern Boot Camp 2019

This year's Intern Boot Camp, we welcomed 42 interns! For a full day and a half, they learned various surgical skills that included: 

  1. Chest tube insertions
  2. Arterial Line insertions
  3. Foley catheters
  4. Wound vacs
  5. NG tubes & drains
  6. Basic laparoscopy
  7. Suturing
  8. Knot tying

February 2019

CLOSED - One Position Open for a Current Surgical Resident Interested in Medical Education

The Goodman Surgical Education Center (GSEC) has one position open to be the next Surgical Education Fellow here at Stanford. For more information, please see more on our Education Program -> Surgical Education Fellowship.


This position has been filled.

January 2019

Happy 2019!

The GSEC team wants you to make 2019 YOUR year!

December 2018

Happy Holidays!

As we end the 2018 year, the GSEC team alongside the General Surgery Residency Program wishes you a happy holidays!

2018 GSEC's Intern Appreciation Day

Before Winter Break, the GSEC team took the time to appreciate this year's General Surgery interns. The day was filled with mingling and jingling. A catered breakfast with waffle and smoothie stations, photo booth fun, and much much more! It definitely put smiles on everyone's faces.

November 2018

Cadaver Lab I

The GSEC team held the first Cadaver lab of the new academic year for all General Surgery residents. This lab involved a Lap Appendectomy/Cholecystectomy, Iguinal Hernia Repair, Bariatric procedures, and Lap Colectomy.

October 2018

ACS Clinical Congress 2018

"The purpose of the Clinical Congress is to keep ACS members and interested non-Fellow physicans abreast of the current status of art and science of surgery."

We had the pleasure to have our very own GSEC faculty and Fellows present their work during this Clinical Congress.


August 2018

BMC Medical Education

Congratulations to our GSEC Research Director, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, on her new publication with VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Penn Medicine!

July 2018

Richie Sapp

New Goodman Surgical Education MedScholar

Richie Sapp is a MS3 at Stanford School of Medicine. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology (Neurobiology) in 2013 and a M.S. in Biology in 2015. He is passionate about advocating for individuals with disabilities and understanding how the brain works.

Before medical school, Richie worked in Dr. Carla Shatz lab at Stanford studying molecules that regulate neural plasticity during normal development and in neurodegenerative conditions including Rett Syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. During medical school, Richie has been working on an affordable standing therapy medical device for children with Cerebral Palsy in a collaboration with a company in South Africa.

He is now taking a year off to be a MedScholar in medical education, focusing on developing a curriculum to better prepare medical students to work with individuals with disabilities. The elective course will be taught in Winter Quarter 2018-2019.

Tiffany Anderson

New Surgical Education Fellow

Dr. Anderson joins the Goodman Surgical Education Center (GSEC) as the newest Education Fellow. She is joining 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 utilization of technology and simulation to improve patient centered communication.

June 2018

Intern Boot Camp 2018

Our Education Fellow, Edmund Lee, coordinated this year's Intern Boot Camp.

With Intern Boot Camp done and gone, a few words from him to thank those who were there to help plan, coordinate, teach, etc:

"Intern Boot Camp ran extremely smoothly this year. There was no way it would have been nearly as successful/smooth without the suppport from everyone in teaching the incoming interns. I know everyone had extremely busy schedules and I wanted to thank everyone for taking some time to be the interns' initial exposure to Stanford's Surgical residency."

Let's all wish the best for the new interns as they embark on their journey here at Stanford!

GSEC's Summer Research Intern

Eniola Gros is a second year medical student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She will be working on the InterCEPT project at the GSEC under the guidance of GSEC Director, Dr. James Lau; and the Education Fellows, Brittany Hasty and Edmund Lee. We may have a future surgical educator in our hands!

Bioscience & Medical Education at Stanford; SIMEC III

The GSEC was part of a two-day event. Attendees reconnected with the joys of teaching and mentoring while enhancing their skills in areas through opportunities to network and learn about best practices and scholarship in teaching and mentoring.

Holman Lecture & Resident Research Day

The Annual Holman Lecture and Resident Research Day was here at Stanford on June 1st. GSEC Education Fellow, Brittany Hasty, showcased her research on scrub training.

May 2018

Stanford MD's Program Teaching Awards Ceremony

Several of Stanford's residents and faculty members were honored at the MD's Program Teaching Awards Ceremony. One being our very own, Dr. James Lau, who shares his knowledge and passion in teaching clinical medicine. Congratulations Dr. Lau!

Surgical Education Week 2018

We kick started the month of May at Austin, Texas for this year's Surgical Education Week. Many of Stanford's GSEC faculty and trainees presented their posters and held various workshops regarding their research. Amazing job everyone!


April 2018

GSEC Faculty and Trainees to Present at Surgical Education Week 2018

Stanford's GSEC faculty and trainees will present at Surgical Education Week 2018 in Austin, Texas. Presenters include GSEC Director Dr. James Lau, Medical Student Paloma Marin-Nevarez, and Research Assistant Wendy Qiu; just to name a few.

March 2018

What's New in Academic Medicine?

Congratulations to Dr. Lau and Danny on their recent publication in Academic Medicine - job well done!


Medical Student Perceptions of a Mistreatment Program during the Surgery Clerkship

The GSEC Surgery team investigated medical student perceptions of a mistreatment program during the surgery clerkship. To read more click here!

December 2017

GSEC Intern Appreciation Week

Happy Holidays and Thank You Interns! At the GSEC, we like to thank our interns for all their hard work and care for their patients. 

You are appreciated.

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