Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills

The Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills supports UCSF's educational mission by creating opportunities for teaching, learning, and assessment using simulation as an educational strategy. Simulation is defined as an educational modality with which the learner physically interacts to mimic an aspect of clinical care for the purpose of teaching or assessment.  Activities at the center range from those that use actors (standardized patients), to activities with partial task trainers and/or mannequins. The center serves all five health professional schools at UCSF and provides learning opportunities across the continuum of health professions education. The Kanbar Center aims to advance and innovate health professions education by fostering excellence in simulation education, supporting the development of new curricular programs, formative and summative assessment, and promoting educational research.

Campus Library, 2nd floor
530 Parnassus Avenue 2nd floor, Suite CL250
San Francisco, CA 94122

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (special hours by request)

Contact Us:
[email protected]

News and Upcoming Events

Kanbar Center for Simulation and Learning Adds New Associate Director and Launches Baum Family Scholars Program

The UCSF Kanbar Center for Simulation and Learning is pleased to announce the selection of the first two Baum Family Faculty Scholars: Sneha Daya, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Tushani Illangasekare, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The Baum Faculty Scholarship program is a new faculty scholar program funded through the Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning, a generous gift from John and Mindy Baum. Both scholars will dedicate time over the next two years to advance simulation at UCSF. Dr. Daya will focus on simulation-based assessment, and Dr. Illangasekare will use simulation to tackle inequity and bias.

The Kanbar Center will launch the new program on September 26, 2019. Visiting Professor Ryan Brydges, PhD, Director of Research at the University of Toronto's Wilson Centre/St. Michaels Simulation Centre will share his experience on assessment and simulation. The following events are held in conjunction with the kickoff of the Baum Faculty Scholars Program.

Baum Family Faculty Scholars Program Kick-off Event & Med ED Grand Rounds: Defensible Simulation Based Assessment:

Thursday, September 26, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Location: HSW 302

Click here to register 

Inside the Black Box - Refining How We Address Educational and Clinical Issues

Friday, September 27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Location: HSW 302

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Mindy Ju, MD, appointed Associate Medical Director of the Kanbar Center

Mindy Ju, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics was appointed the Associate Education Director of the Kanbar center effective July 1, 2019. In this new position, Mindy will oversee quality assurance, American Heart Association Emergency Cardia Care Courses and all evaluation and assessment data in the center. Mindy joins Kanbar after having served as the Kanbar Center's first Simulation Fell and completing the UCSF-UC Berkeley Master of Health Professions Education Program.