Pediatric Fellowship

IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship

To build future leaders in pediatric simulation

Mission & Vision

The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) and the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) promote multi-disciplinary simulation and simulation scholarship 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. INSPIRE is a global community of simulation experts, clinicians, educators, investigators, statisticians, human factors researchers, and psychologists who share a common mission of improving the lives of children through healthcare simulation-based research, scholarship, and innovation.  The IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship was created to support early career investigators in simulation, exposing them to simulation related experiences and mentorship to broaden horizons, and promote excellence in education and investigative research.


An IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellow is based at a home institution where most of their simulation activities are conducted. Each fellow will be assigned two simulation mentors (one local mentor + one international mentor OR two international mentors, depending on the availability of local simulation expertise) to expand and enrich their learning experience. Both mentors will work together during the course of the fellowship. Applications to the fellowship must include a motivational statement, research proposal and an individualized development plan.  These will be reviewed by the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Committee. The project idea will be presented at an IPSSW meeting in the form of an initial ALERT presentation during the INSPIRE meeting. 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 also submit a brief quarterly project progress report to the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Committee. The fellowship 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 every two months using an online meeting platform for networking and to exchange experiences.


Due to a generous donation to INSPIRE, funding for the fellowship expenses is available by special application. Funding can be used for project, career development, and travel related expenses, provided that the expense can clearly be associated with the fellow’s career development in pediatric simulation scholarship. Applying for funding requires a 1-page itemized budget detailing how funds will be used accompanied by a budget justification no more than 1 page in length describing how this will directly contribute to the completion of the fellow’s research project and their development as a pediatric simulation scholar. Up to $10,000 can be requested per fellow. If awarded, funds not used by the applicant before the end of the fellowship will revert to INSPIRE. Application for funding can be made along with the primary application. Modifications to the request for funds will be considered on a case- by-case basis.

The application submission window for the 2021 class of fellows is now open. Deadline to submit is June 25.

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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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