GSEC Research Funding

Without the generous support of our grant funders, the work of the Goodman Surgical Education Center undoubtedly would not be where it is today. From a flipped classroom curriculum to scrub training videos on YouTube, funding from grants has allowed us to improve surgical education for all levels of learners, not just at Stanford Surgery, but across the nation. In the coming years, the GSEC hopes to continue our work, disseminate what we learn, and incite a research-based revolution. Thank you for making this possible!

GSEC Grants in Action

Revenue Sharing Innovation Grant

"With the support of Stanford’s Teaching and Mentoring Academy, we were able to design an asynchronous scrub training curriculum for all of our medical students and physician assistant students here at Stanford. Not only have our students benefited, but we uploaded the scrub training video to Youtube where it has been viewed more than 56,000 times."

-Brittany Hasty, MD
Surgical Education Fellow

Teaching and Mentoring Academy Innovation Grant

“The TMA grant funds will be used to create 3D models of different vascular pathology including abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, and peripheral vascular disease. These will be used both as anatomic models and simulation-based endovascular trainers for students on the third-year medical student surgery clerkship. Our hope is that this can meet a need for more exposure to endovascular techniques earlier in medical training. Unfortunately many students complete their surgery clerkship without ever doing a vascular surgery rotation, so their exposure is limited. And with the rise of more integrated vascular surgery programs, students must select this specialty much earlier in their training, despite often limited experience in the field.”

- LaDonna Kearse, MD 
Surgical Education Fellow 


Association for Surgical Education Gold Grant

“We received grant funding through the Association for Surgical Education to provide all general surgery residents with individualized VARK learning profiles. The VARK questionnaire is a 16-item test that assigns learners to visual, aural, read/write, or kinesthetic learning preferences, or a multimodal preference (any combination of the above). Every year general surgery residents take the in-service exam (ABSITE) – there are tons of available resources to study and it can be challenging to decide which resources to focus on. We designed a session for all residents that was a comprehensive review of available study resources, organized by VARK category. We also reviewed some successful study plans and went over the steps to making an individualized study plan. We plan to survey the residents during ABSITE season to see which resources they used and if they were aligned with their preferred learning preference. We hope to find out if this has any impact on ABSITE scores and perceptions of self-efficacy.”

-Rachel Jensen, MD
Surgical Education Fellow

GSEC Grants