Emergency Medicine Simulation

The mission of the Stanford Emergency Medicine Simulation Program is to train students and medical providers at all levels to effectively respond to medical emergencies using the principles of crisis management; to commit to academic excellence in simulation research and teaching and to be leaders in the field of emergency medicine simulation.  We will work towards our mission in an environment that fosters personal and professional pride, satisfaction and growth.

Courses and Events

EMCRM - Adult

This is part of the core curriculum for EM residents. Residents are exposed to a formal discussion of the principles of crisis resource management. They are then exposed to a number of critically ill, simulated patients and expected to manage them, calling on additional resources as needed.

EMCRM - Pediatric

During the EMCRM months, while one half of the class is participating in Adult EMCRM, the other half participates in Pediatric EMCRM. The pediatric EM simulation faculty educates the residents in high-risk pediatric emergencies and procedures. 

Obstetric Simulation

This is part of the R2/R3 simulation curriculum. Key learning objectives include the management of postpartum hemorrhage, precipitous deliveries and breech presentations. The residents benefit from the involvement of Stanford OB-Gyn faculty.

Disaster Simulation

A robust curriculum is used with increasing levels of complexity for each residency class. Topics include mass organophoshate exposures, dirty bombs and large earthquakes (exceeding hospital capacity). This curriculum is conducted in conjunction with the Disaster faculty.

Wilderness Simulation

This curriculum, led by the Wilderness Medicine Faculty, exposes residents to the treatment of patients in less structured environments. Residents learn about complications related to cold weather exposure, high-altitude illnesses, and other pathology.

Intern Orientation Simulation

These simulation sessions take place during the Intern orientation month. They are used in addition to the intern orientation didactics to help jump start the intern curriculum as a core part of the residency curriculum.

Introduction to the Management of the Ill Patient (IMIP)

This course is for 2nd year medical students. It is designed to introduce them to the idea of resuscitation. It is a fun experience for the students because they have the opportunity (probably their first) to care for a critical patient. 

APLS Simulation Course

The Stanford pediatric EM group hosts a 2-day CME course for community pediatric physicians. The simulation faculty coordinate the full-day simulation session offered for course participants. This is a great opportunity to participate as educators in this national CME course.

Medical Student Capstone Course

This course is for graduating medical students to prepare them for starting internship. This involves coordination of skill stations and full-scale simulations. The course is currently a 1-week elective course.


ABEM has accepted the Stanford University EMMOC program developed by Henry Curtis and simulation faculty. This is an innovative method to utilize high fidelity simulation in credentialing and maintanance of certificate for practicing EM physicians. [Link]


During the annual event held at the Stanford LKSC, the simulation faculty mentor residents in developing high fidelity simulation cases which incorporate the use of emergency ultrasound. The course learners are preclinical and clinical medical students from all across California. [Link]


This is a high school medical summer program, designed to encourage exploration of professional career opportunities in medicine and health care. The team is building a wilderness medicine first responder simulation workshop.


Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD

Phillip Harter, MD
Associate Director

Kimberly Schertzer, MD
Fellowship Director

Henry Curtis, MD
Simulation Faculty

Nikita Joshi, MD
Simulation Faculty

Linn Lung, MD
Simulation Fellow