The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) promotes multi-disciplinary simulation in all healthcare subspecialties that treat infants and children. IPSS is a global community of pediatricians, neonatologists, pediatric nurses, educators, and other allied health professionals from over 30 countries, all dedicated to improving the care of infants and children worldwide through multi-disciplinary simulation-based education, training, and research. We strive to bring the knowledge and skills we have gained to the widest possible audience. The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Research (INSPIRE) has the mission to improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to resuscitation, technical skills, behavioral skills, debriefing and simulation-based education. IPSS and INSPIRE created the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship to support investigators in their simulation career, exposing them to simulation related experiences and mentorship to broaden horizons, and promote excellence in education and investigative research.
The IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellow is based at a home institution where most of their simulation activities are conducted and the fellow will have a primary simulation mentor at the home institution. It is not required that the applicant is currently in a simulation fellowship program at the respective local institution, this is optional. After an individual has been accepted into the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, an IPSS or INSPIRE mentor will be identified to expand and enrich the learning experience. The fellow will continue to have a local mentor overseeing the fellow’s progress and ensuring that the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation fellowship is enhancing the learning experience. The fellow will submit a full submission including the motivational statement, research proposal, as well as an individualized development plan to the IPSS education committee for review and approval. The project idea will be presented at an IPSSW meeting in the form of an initial ALERT presentation during the INSPIRE meeting and this marks the start of the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship. ALERT presentations are brief 5-minute presentations followed by a round table discussion that serves as a platform to network as well as an opportunity to receive high quality feedback from simulation leaders on the project before launching it. The fellow will submit a brief project progress report and fellowship related activity update during a Board of Director meeting quarterly. The fellowship duration is one year and will be concluded with a research presentation at the following IPSSW meeting.
As part of the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, the fellows will meet bi-monthly using an online meeting platform for networking and to exchange experiences. Over the course of the fellowship each simulation fellow will present a Journal club presentation during a teleconference.
The application submission date has now passed. We encourage you to check back in 2020 to apply again for the 2021 fellowship class.
There is no application/course fee attached to the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Fellowship and in order to support fellows to present their work at IPSSW meetings, IPSS will provide free registration for attendance of 2 successive IPSSW meetings during the fellowship. There will be no additional financial support from IPSS or INSPIRE. All accommodation and travel costs will be the responsibility of the individual or their host institution.
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.