CAPE is the world’s first simulation-based training and research center dedicated to the fetal, neonatal, pediatric, and obstetric sciences. CAPE opened its doors in November 2002, thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor. A part of Stanford Medicine, CAPE's training programs are greatly enriched by a close connection with Stanford Children's Health and a shared commitment to state-of-the-art patient care and the training that makes that possible. Many of the healthcare professionals who teach at CAPE also care for patients within Stanford Children's Health and serve on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Louis Halamek, CAPE's Director, founded CAPE on the principle that rigorous training and objective assessment will produce optimal human performance. His inspiration comes from his work with NASA and their many decades of experience in training human beings to function in high-risk environments. Dr. Halamek is a neonatologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University. He has over twenty years of experience in simulation-based training and research.
Today, CAPE offers multiple training programs to novices and experts alike and is the site of clinically relevant research. The goal of every CAPE training and research program is to improve the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of patient care.