The IPSS Connection is More Important than Ever - A Letter from the IPSS President

During these extraordinary times, our routines are disrupted, our movement is limited, our workflow is altered and, in some cases, we are in harm’s way, dealing with the COVID-19 crisis at the front line. Whether we are providing care to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, or non-COVID patients while the storm rages around us, or contributing to contingency planning and resource allocation, or training our colleagues to manage these unique situations, or on a personal level dealing with social isolation, care of dependants (young or old), this unprecedented global crisis is affecting us all. An event of this magnitude will surely occupy our thoughts, and conversations for years to come. Our thoughts are particularly with those who have been worst hit by coronavirus, and those who have suffered hardship or loss in its wake.

As we shift to our new reality, of uncertain duration, we wanted to keep you informed of the ongoing business of IPSS. Some of our activities are amenable to enforced working-from-home! In this issue of Insights we highlight the rapidly created and populated IPSS COVID-19 simulation resources platform. Please take a moment to click through the framework and contribute where you can to this shared resource. In doing so, IPSS members will continue to be global leaders in relevant and timely simulation-based learning.

In this issue you will also find details of our upcoming virtual offerings – created as a touch-point in addition to our annual meeting, which is now 24-26 October 2020. In these interactive, virtual meetings, we will present some of the content planned for IPSSW2020 and conduct the IPSS business meeting, annual general meeting and transition of board and officers. In that way, the momentum of IPPS business is sustained and we continue to be fresh, progressive and forward-looking.

Please let me offer you the very best of luck in weathering the COVID storm.


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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