Educational Programs

“The immersive experience found in the Goodman Simulation Center is an emotionally rich education experience. It allows us to develop core skills in a safe environment so that when students are in the operating room, they can refine their abilities and make the most of the precious experience of taking care of a human being.”- Thomas Krummel, MD

The Goodman Simulation Center at Stanford offers a variety of programs and teaching tools which meets the needs of many healthcare constituents – undergraduates, medical students, residents, fellows, practicing physicians, and allied health practitioners. Curricula, modules, and courses have been developed to meet the particular needs of the learners with the most effective teaching tools. There is surgical PGY level-specific curriculum which targets the specific needs of each resident year and provides a logical progression from basic skills to advanced procedures and leadership training.


The Goodman Resident Skills Curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum that includes an intern bootcamp, cadaver lab, operative and trauma simulations, technical skills, and competitions and tournaments.  

Medical Students

The Educational Fellows at the Goodman Surgical Education Center, along with surgical faculty, provide an in-depth skills training for Stanford Medical Students on their Surgery Core Clership rotation.  The Education Fellows also participate in other Stanford Medical Student courses.  

Faculty Development

The Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS) is a 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. For the first time this year, we are also offering an Honors Certificate in Medical Education for participants who attend a majority of the Seminars and complete and present a scholarly project in medical education. In our inaugural year, we have 50 Honors Scholars from ten disciplines, ranging from interns to program directors and hospital administrators. All of the Seminars are open for anyone, whether or not they are participating in the Honors Certificate. 

If you are interested in learning more, please email Surgical Education Fellow Dr. Laura Mazer at