Volunteer Opportunities

IPSS is a member-driven society, and there are many ways to get involved!

Here is a sampling of ideas:

  • Present at IPSSW or a webinar
  • Volunteer to be a moderate at the conference
  • Answer the call to serve on a IPSS committee
  • Volunteer to assist with ad hoc projects or research
  • Write an article or a publication review for INSIGHTS, the monthly newsletter
  • Become involved with a special interest group
  • Engage with others on the community forum
  • Participate in monthly virtual Community Chats

Interested in joining an IPSS committee?

IPSS committee openings will be announced annually with a call for participation. IPSS Members will receive email notifications regarding the call for participation after the annual conference in the spring. Occasionally, committee chairs reserve the right to invite members who may possess a skill or subject matter expertise that the chair seeks for the composition of the committee (e.g. research, publication, marketing skills).

Committee positions are two-year terms are generally filled in June – July, with the exception of the Meeting Organizing Committee, which is a President appointed committee.

IPSS members may be asked to submit the following materials in order to be considered for a committee or other leadership position:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume/CV
  • Other relevant materials as determined by the Committee Chair
    • It is at the discretion of the committee chair to decide if an interview/phone conversation will be required as part of the application review process.

Announcing Committee Openings

Openings on committees may be advertised in one or more of the following ways:

  • IPSS Website
  • Social Media channels
  • INSIGHTS e-news
  • E-blast to membership
  • Word-of-mouth/professional networking channels


Committee members are required to be a current IPSS member. In accordance with the IPSS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement, IPSS encourages diversity in its committees.


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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