I am the Medical Director of Simulation for the Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. I think of simulation as a lab of human behavior where insights into human psychology and team science can be gained. I work with experts in Psychology and Organizational Behavior to try and better understand resuscitation teams to ultimately improve resuscitation outcomes.
I was first introduced to IPSS by Catherine Allan, MD, a friend, colleague and fellow board member. I went to the IPSSW New York meeting and knew it was the place I would call my academic home. The meetings always have had “out of the box” thinkers who aren’t usually in healthcare and have accomplished amazing feats by challenging conventional wisdom. The speakers often discuss about how creativity and a passion for change has resulted in some awe-inspiring events. Simulation is a science that bridges science, art, creativity, and imagination. Through this society, I have met so many wonderful colleagues who share their love for all of these things and channel it to improve the lives of our neonatal and pediatric patients.
I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.