Roberta Hales

Roberta L. Hales MHA, RRT-NPS, RN, CHSE

About Roberta Hales

I am a pediatric respiratory therapist and nurse who ventured into healthcare simulation in 2005.  I started my career as a simulation educator and currently serve as the Simulation and Research Manager of the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, I have served as an Adjunct Associate Professor for the Drexel University Master of Medical and Healthcare Simulation for the past seven years. What’s more, since inception I have been on the Philadelphia Area Simulation Consortium and Philadelphia Simulation Facilitator’s Program planning committees and faculty.

As an educator, I worked collaboratively with faculty of numerous disciplines/professions to provide guidance, mentorship and leadership to improve patient safety and outcomes through education, assessment, in tandem with system and process improvement using innovative experiences by way of simulation based methodologies. As the Simulation Manager, I provide leadership and support to the faculty and team to facilitate a state-of-the-art program in alignment with the organization’s strategic pillars. I act as the liaison and work in partnership with hospital administration, clinical leadership and program leaders to create a collaborative safety and quality oriented center.  And above, I continually communicate our shared vision to be a center of excellence for pediatric simulation education, innovation and research, to improve healthcare quality, safety, and outcomes locally, nationally, and globally to promote patient centered and interprofessional collaborative care.

Ten years ago 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 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 joined IPSS, I have become an active member, where currently I serve as the Executive Committee Secretary and I have had the privilege to serve as a BOD, education co-chair, organizing committee for IPSSW 2014 and 2016, and advisory committee for IPSSW 2015. Through these wonderful experiences I have come to appreciate the networking, abundant opportunities and challenges for the society as a whole.

As a simulation professional, my passion circles around quality and safety, system/process improvement, and interprofessional education.  I believe IPSS has the platform to aid these areas to grow and flourish, together with building the international pediatric simulation community in all areas of the world. A simulation community creates a network and feeling of fellowship that shares facets of practice including the benefits and challenges, ideas, and the resources and experiences which are essential for the growth in the expertise and success of the profession. As a society, we need to create this sense of community with no one left behind.

Our society needs to think “outside the box” on how to create value and opportunities for our current and future members. Though, we have started this journey, I believe there are many more opportunities and ideas to explore, create, cultivate and grow. Our pediatric simulation community has no boundaries. We can impact and improve patient care, safety and outcomes. As president of the society, I believe my simulation expertise and knowledge of the society inner workings will drive us to a different level. I will advocate and champion the interprofessional pediatric simulation community and society that is committed to the global vision to provide the best healthcare to children and families in all regions of the world.


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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