Mary Patterson

Member, Board of Directors
Mary Patterson, MD

About Mary Patterson

IPSS represents those things that I have worked for in simulation for more than a decade. The members of IPSS are multidisciplinary and committed to advancing simulation-based training, education and research. They are also committed to bringing people of diverse backgrounds and professions together to exchange ideas, develop new skills and improve the care and safety of healthcare of infants and children. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on the IPSS board for the last three years. I hope to be able to continue to utilize my frontline and administrative experience in simulation for the benefit of IPSS and the simulation community.  

I am a pediatric emergency physician and I have had the opportunity to be one of the co-founders of two pediatric simulation centers. In each center, we had the opportunity to utilize pediatric simulation for multiple disciplines including nurses, residents, faculty, advanced practice nurses, nursing students and allied health students. My education includes a Master’s in Education from the University of Cincinnati and a Patient Safety Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University. My work over the last several years has been in the use of simulation to improve teamwork and communication as well as human factors work related to patient safety. I am passionate on the importance of multidisciplinary simulation training. I have been fortunate to receive federal funding for some of this work.

I believe that in the next several years, we will have opportunities to make simulation in healthcare a mainstream and essential part of both healthcare education and patient safety processes. Especially in pediatrics, we should be a primary driver in this expansion of the scope and utilization of simulation.

I understand that there are substantial challenges associated with sustaining an international simulation organization. One of our challenges is to ensure that IPSS is sustainable in the long term and has the means to continue to do this important work.. There is great richness in the diversity of members and disciplines in IPSS which presents great opportunities but significant effort is also required to ensure that all perspectives are heard and considered. I am honored to serve our membership as a member of the BOD and expect that just as any healthcare team should utilize all its members and resources, IPSS should also engage all of its members in the crucial work of our organization.


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.





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