Roberta Hales

President Elect
Roberta Hales, RN RT

About Roberta Hales

Over the past 9 years, I have served as the Simulation Educator for the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My interest in healthcare simulation started in the pediatric intensive care unit as a respiratory therapist and nurse when my current medical director involved me in the evaluation of a prototype simulator.  I seized the opportunity and my involvement in healthcare simulation commenced. Since the inception of our simulation center, I have been instrumental in the development of the mission, vision and growth.

As the first hire, I worked side-by-side with the simulation center directors to generate buy-in, growth, strategies and future prospects. I have been an integral part in the development of the center’s education/curriculum development process, instructor training workshop, and identification of resources required to achieve a successful simulation program. Moreover, in conjunction with center staff the formation of our policies and procedures arose to provide standardization in the daily operations of our simulation center. Today, I function as the Lead Simulation Educator to provide guidance and direction, and mentorship and leadership to our staff and internal and external customers in order to align the center’s undertakings in support of the institution’s mission, values and strategic goals. In addition, I have expanded my horizons by joining the faculty at Drexel University, College of Medicine as a curriculum developer and Associate Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program.

In 2010, I became involved in the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) when I attended my first International Pediatric Simulation and Symposium Workshop (IPSSW) conference in Madrid, Spain, where I presented my runner-up research abstract in an oral presentation.  From my first IPSSW encounter, I was truly inspired and became a believer that IPSS is the forum for me. My passion for pediatric simulation bloomed and I was excited that I finally found my niche. Since I’ve joined IPSS, I have become an active member, and have served on the education committee, the organizing committee for IPSSW 2014 and the advisory committee for IPSSW 2015. Through these wonderful experiences I come to appreciate the opportunities and challenges for the society as a whole, and am honored to now serve on the Board of Directors. 

As a simulation professional, my passion for simulation circles around quality and safe patient care, system and process improvement (integration), and the fundamentals of healthcare education. I believe IPSS has the educational and research platform to help these areas grow in the international simulation community.  This begins with providing education and research opportunities along with the needed resources to the current and up-and-coming generation of neonatal and pediatric simulationists.


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.



Dr. Carl Horsley

Intensivist, Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, New Zealand

Clinical Lead for Patient Safety, Health Quality and Safety Commission, New Zealand

Dr. Carl Horsley dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care, and works clinically in the Critical Care Complex of Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of his work there, he developed an in-situ simulation program specifically focused on building the adaptive capacity of the ICU team. This was put to the test in the Whakaari volcanic eruption with Middlemore being the national burns centre responding to a mass casualty event.

Carl is currently completing an MSc in Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University, Sweden with a thesis focusing on the sociology of safety.  He is also part of the Resilient Healthcare Society which is an international collaboration exploring the implications of resilience engineering in healthcare. As Clinical Lead for Patient Safety at the Health Quality Safety Commission, Carl is also involved in developing innovative approaches that support “work-as-done” by frontline to improve both patient care and staff wellbeing. He has published several book chapters on resilient healthcare and presented widely on the topic.


Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak

Emergency Physician & Trauma Team Leader, Assistant Professor

St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto

Following an unsuccessful career as an intramural basketball player, Dr. Petrosoniak now works as an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He’s the lead for translational simulation at St. Michael’s Hospital which involves the application of simulation techniques to identify issues and support the design of solutions related to healthcare delivery and improving health service outcomes.

More accurately, he seeks to reduce the number of F-bombs by providers linked to poor system/space design in healthcare. He also applies this work in the private sector as the co-founder of Advanced Performance Healthcare Design, a design and consulting firm that uses multi-modal simulation techniques to inform the design of clinical infrastructure, equipment and high performing teams.




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