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MedStar Simulation Training and Education Lab (SiTEL)

MedStar Health resident Imad Issac uses a virtual reality headset as part of his medical education training.

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About MedStar SiTEL

Ensuring the best and safest possible patient care depends on comprehensive, leading-edge educational training. MedStar SiTEL is focused on designing, developing, and delivering educational resources that solve real-world problems and make a measurable positive impact on patient care.

Our mission is ensuring that every member of the MedStar Health team has access to the very best educational resources available. MedStar SiTEL provides hands-on learning opportunities for clinical and non-clinical professionals, interactive online training, virtual high-fidelity simulation, and continuing professional education.

Fully accredited, MedStar SiTEL partners with professionals in all disciplines across the MedStar Health system to assess and meet their educational needs, today and tomorrow.

MedStar SiTEL learning management system (SiTELMS)

SiTELMS is an online learning management system for MedStar Health associates, a comprehensive gateway to thousands of e-learning resources developed and administered by MedStar SiTEL.

Programming is dedicated to a full range of specialties, required training, enrichment, and certifications. Conveniently accessible 24/7, it includes on-demand content, video, and simulations. It is also a gateway for live training events.

Certification resources

MedStar SiTEL provides a variety of certification resources, including:

  • American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Training and

  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Training

Expertise for engaging education

MedStar SiTEL designs and delivers educational and training resources across all disciplines and specialties throughout the MedStar Health system and that are used by healthcare organizations in more than 40 states.

Our offerings are created within a diverse framework of expertise, including:

  • Clinical Education

  • Simulation

  • Learning Research and Design

  • Learning Technologies

  • Outreach

  • Continuing Professional Education

MedStar SiTEL making a difference, in surgery

John Lazar

“The real-life benefit of MedStar SiTEL robotics simulation training with our residents actually came to benefit my own case when we encountered bleeding in an operation only a couple of weeks after the training session.

I did not have a resident in the room, but by applying the steps I had reviewed in the simulation session, we were able to safely convert the robotic case to open and the patient experienced a great outcome both clinically and oncologically.

I firmly believe that having that knowledge base at my disposal made a difficult experience one that was managed smoothly and with confidence.”

–John F. Lazar, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Training locations

MedStar SiTEL is headquartered on 3007 Tilden Street NW in Washington, D.C., Our resources are also accessible at three Clinical Simulations Centers, one in Baltimore and two in the District. MedStar SiTEL also operates a mobile simulation lab and provides in situ simulation training throughout the MedStar Health system.

Contact MedStar SiTEL


MedStar Institute for Innovation

As part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation, we work in close collaboration with experts from across the MedStar Health system and academic partners, including:

Learn more about the MedStar Institute for Innovation here.