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.



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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