Our Milestones


Lou Halamek, M.D., begins working with David Gaba, M.D., Steve Howard, M.D., Brian Smith, M.D., and Yasser Sowb, Ph.D. at the Veteran’s Affairs Palo Alto to develop the world’s first comprehensive pediatric simulation-based training program.


NeoSim®, a simulation-based training program in neonatal resuscitation, is launched.


David Kaegi, M.D., becomes the first CAPE Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  JoDee Anderson, M.D., Allison Murphy, M.D., Swati Agarwal, M.D., Anand Rajani, M.D., Ritu Chitkara, M.D., Katharine Brock, M.D., Nicole Yamada, M.D., and Janene Fuerch, M.D., eventually follow in Dr. Kaegi’s footsteps.


Dr. Halamek is interviewed about the Simulated Delivery Room Training Program by Peter Jennings on the ABC Evening News.


The first peer-reviewed manuscript describing comprehensive pediatric simulation-based training, “Time for a new paradigm in pediatric medical education:  Teaching neonatal resuscitation in a simulated delivery room environment” is published in Pediatrics by Halamek et al.


Dr. Halamek works with Advanced Medical Simulation to develop and field test new technologies for use in simulation-based learning.  These devices include an interface to control bedside monitor data streams (Patient Monitor Driver®) and a fetal monitor simulator (FetalSim®).


CAPE is granted a three-year award of $1.1 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to develop and validate simulation-based methodologies.


CAPE is founded through a generous gift from an anonymous community donor.  


The inaugural CAPE Simulation Instructor Program is launched, setting the world’s standard for instructor training in pediatric and obstetric simulation.  A large number of pediatric and obstetric simulation leaders and instructors around the U.S. and the world have received instruction at CAPE and are now replicating CAPE programs at their home institutions.


OB Sim®, a simulation-based training program in neonatal obstetric emergencies, is launched by Steve Lipman, M.D., Kay Daniels, M.D., and Maurice Druzin, M.D.


CAPE establishes ECMOSim as the world's first simulation-based training program in extracorporeal life support.


CAPE and Laerdal Medical, Inc., begin a long-term collaboration to develop and test a number of neonatal, infant, pediatric and obstetric patient simulators.


CAPE establishes a longstanding partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  CAPE’s NeoSim® program serves as the basis for the new simulation-based version of the AAP’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), the national standard of care for newborns in the U.S.  CAPE and the AAP co-develop a number of novel training resources including the NRP Ethical Decision Making DVD, Cases in Neonatology DVD, and the NRP Textbook on DVD.


Dr. Halamek delivers the keynote address at the First International Pediatric Simulation Symposium and Workshops in Stockholm, Sweden:  “The Challenges and Opportunities in Pediatric and Obstetric Simulation”.


Obstetric Life Support (OBLS), a combination of three existing life support programs, including Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and NRP, is launched. 


CAPE is the originator of the Packard Circle of Safety, the process that defines how simulation is integrated into the daily activities of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to improve patient safety.


Dr. Halamek makes his initial visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, with the support of a grant from the Center for Aviation Safety Research, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, St. Louis University.  This establishes an ongoing collaboration between his team at CAPE and the aerospace professionals at JSC, leading to an increasingly sophisticated approach to scenario design and debriefing.


CAPE continues its relationship with the AAP to co-develop the 2011 NRP Instructor DVD:  An Interactive Tool for Facilitation of Simulation-based Learning, the 2011 NRP Instructor Manual, and a Key Behavioral Skills Wall Chart for display in delivery rooms across the U.S.  


CAPE is enshrined with a granite plaque on the Stanford University School of Medicine History Walk.


Director Lou Halamek authors "Mission: Control" in Children's Hospital Today, published by the Children's Hospital Association. On a quest to improve safety and efficiency, this article describes how Stanford Medicine is taking a cue from NASA’s Mission Control and developing a hospital operations center.


Stanford Medicine wins a four-year award of $4 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to optimize the safety of mother and neonate in a mixed learning laboratory.  CAPE will serve as the primary research site.

CAPE opens its doors in 2002.

NeoSim trainees practice intubation.

Dr. Lou Halamek authored a Key Behavioral Skills wall chart

NRP Instructor DVD is filmed at CAPE

World Map shows presence of CAPE

Mission: Control