Pediatric Fellowship

IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship

To build future leaders in pediatric simulation

Mission & Vision

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 May 2021 to apply next class of fellows.


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.



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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