Scenario Library

Problem:  I am scheduled to run a scenario based workshop and am struggling to develop and have a team validate one within a limited timeframe. I want to focus on the management of an infant with a febrile seizure.

Solution: IPSS can help you, check out the scenario library!

The library is comprised of over 200 simulation scenarios on neonatal and pediatric topics from MedEdPORTAL curated especially by IPSS members for IPSS members.  This library will assist you to develop or build your simulation programs. 

An IPSS working group reviewed and categorized the scenarios into various clinical settings for ease of use, e.g. emergency department, intensive care, operating room. There are sub-headings that further divide the scenarios into age groups. The IPSS scenario library has already categorized the cases with brief descriptions and hyperlinks for ease of access saving you time and effort in your own online search.

The library includes a hyperlinked table of contents which will take you to the MedEdPORTAL site where you can read the full abstract, educational objectives, information about the scenario, authors and references. MedEdPORTAL publications are stand-alone modules that have been implemented with medical practitioners. Appendices are available and can be downloaded for use. The appendices content varies for each scenario, to include scenario case and adjuncts e.g. laboratory or radiography reports.

Check it out – you may be inspired to add a new scenario or two to your existing curriculum. Share your scenario library success stories on IPSS Facebook or Twitter. 

Commentary: “I found the library to be very helpful when tasked to develop curriculum for simulation based education on the general pediatric ward in our hospital. I was able to adapt the scenarios and make minor changes to reflect local practice. I now have a very useful scenario bank.”


Share your suggestions with the IPSS Education committee at info@ipssglobal.org.

IPSS Scenario Library is available to members only. Not a member? Join today.

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1. Use the “member log in” (upper right) to sign into the IPSS website. 

2. Under the Quick Links section on the right side click on “IPSS scenario library”.

3. On the next page click on “Download now”. Scroll down to see an interactive table of contents. Click on the title to access that scenario. 

4. Click on the hyperlink and you will be directed to the publication on MedEdPORTAL, “a MEDLINE-indexed, open-access journal of teaching and learning resources in the health professions published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in partnership with the American Dental Education Association. You can review the objectives of the case and the scenarios are downloadable.


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.





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