Design for Team Communication in the OR

Using communication to keep patients safer and optimize medical teams in the operating room

Fall 2016
Sat, Nov 12 | 9am – 5pm
Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center

OR communication is a critical issue in health care, not only impacting members of the OR team (e.g. surgeon, nurse, tech, anesthesiologist, resident, medical student) but also patients and their caregivers. We need to look at this as an ecosystem. This one-day Pop-up, located at Stanford’s Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, will offer students the opportunity to participate in a surgical simulation and engage with members of a Stanford Hospital operating room team to better empathize with their needs.


  • Students will gain empathy through role-play using Stanford Hospital’s Simulation Lab. To understand the real-life feeling and communication methods of being part of a surgical team, students will assume personas of members of the surgical team, patients, and caregivers in a simulated surgical operating room experience
  • Students will complement their empathy research with insights from the ongoing Stanford Hospital IRB exempt study, Strategic Communication in the Operating Room for Patient Safety
  • Students will then practice idea generation techniques and lo-fi prototyping on their mission to improve communication in the OR
  • Students will present their research and ideas via storytelling format


Join us for an opportunity to inspire real change at Stanford Hospital!


Accepting 16 Students. Open to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows and Post-docs

Teaching Team
Sabine Girod MD, Associate Professor of Surgery @ Stanford Hospital
Mary Jacobson, MD, Director of Physician Performance @ Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Michèle Morris, Associate Director, The Design Lab, UC San Diego
Emilie Wagner, Independent Design Strategist

Contact Email
Mary Jacobson,
Emilie Wagner,
Michèle Morris,