Physician and administrative leaders learn the basics of the Stanford Operating System in a special four-part course, along with the leadership skills necessary to guide improvement efforts in their own departments.

If you standardize 80 to 85 percent of the routine stuff we do, then that frees you up to be creative and innovative in that 15 to 20 percent of patients or situations that really need it.

-David Spain, MD, Chief of Acute Care Surgery