Affiliation Highlight - SESAM

IPSS’ Affiliations Committee forms partnerships with other organizations to support our mission to inspire, grow and lead the global Pediatric Simulation community. Here we continue our series highlighting affiliates with SESAM, the Society for Simulation in Europe. We asked SESAM’s leadership to share their perspectives on the IPSS/SESAM affiliation.

In your opinion, how do IPSS and SESAM complement one another?

As with all our affiliate organizations, SESAM greatly values the relationship with IPSS. We believe that the two societies complement each other well – with SESAM creating a home for the whole breadth of simulation with a particular interest in developing multi-disciplinary learning and collaboration. IPSS of course creates a home for those within the specialist area of pediatric simulation and we believe that members of both communities can engage with each organization to access the learning and to develop the professional relationships and networks that further the mission of each group.

What would you like IPSS members to know about SESAM’s latest offering?

With the current situation and the decision to postpone our 2020 meeting until April 2021, SESAM has been scaling up our communications through a new look newsletter and also the development of SESAM Online – where we will be sharing presentations, lectures and society information. To share the education and also the mission of SESAM we decided to make these resources freely available to any in the simu]lation community and are looking forward to the next Online which will start a special series of lectures that are kindly supported by Lou Oberndorf. Anyone who wishes to join can subscribe to the SESAM Online YouTube channel. We are also looking forward to our postponed annual meeting which will take place in Seville, Spain on 14-16 April, 2021. It will be great to have our community back together and to share work that will be carried over to this meeting with some additional tracks. News and information about this will be shared soon on our website www.sesam-web.org and also through our newsletters which you can receive by becoming a member of SESAM or by signing up for this information on the site. A particularly exciting part of our meeting in Seville will be the opportunity for our research network SiREN to convene for their inaugural summit – working together to create an agenda for the development of simulation research across Europe. More information about this will soon be available on our website. While SESAM primarily supports the broader community of simulation in Europe, we also provide support for smaller, regional meetings. Find more information on how this works on our website.

How do you see IPSS and SESAM working together when IPSSW comes to Europe?

We are always delighted to welcome IPSS to Europe and we look forward to working with IPSS to create some really interesting content for the meeting. SESAM has previously enjoyed a very successful meeting in Lisbon and we are sure that you and all your members will be looking forward to bringing your community together in this incredible city!


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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.





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