Member Spotlight - DDr. Michael Wagner

DDr. Wagner is a neonatal fellow at the Medical University of Vienna, Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics. He coordinates activities at the Vienna Pediatric Simulation Training Center, which provides simulation courses in pediatric medicine for students, physicians, midwives, and nurses. 

What are your research interests?     

My research interests include improving pediatric/neonatal resuscitation and emergency care, as well as patient safety and cognitive behavior. I am also interested in finding ways to 

Include new, innovative technologies into training, such as Virtual/Augmented Reality and the use of additive manufacturing.

What is the most innovative sim-related activity you do in your work?

The most innovative sim-related activity I am working on at the moment is merging technologies such as Augmented Reality and 3D-printing with 3D ultrasound and other imaging modalities to develop patient-specific and individualized training programs for healthcare providers. 

Why did you join IPSS?

I joined IPSS because I was fascinated by the great people I met and had the pleasure of interacting with at IPSSW. I am regularly in contact with many people I have met at previous conferences, and I am collaborating with some of them in various research projects. 

What do you gain from your IPSS membership?  

During my membership, I have learned a lot from collaborating, networking, and discussing research objectives with numerous members of IPSS. Those interactions and collaborations have helped me to build and to strengthen my research focus in the field of pediatric simulation-based training. 

What are you looking forward to at IPSSV? 

I am looking forward to hearing inspiring talks, getting new ideas for my research, and to meet colleagues and friends again virtually. 


DDr. Wagner is a neonatal fellow at the Medical University of Vienna, Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics.  He coordinates activities at the Vienna Pediatric Simulation Training Center, which provides simulation courses in pediatric medicine for students, physicians, midwives, and nurses. He is also one of the founding members of “Netzwerk Kindersimulation“. As an IPSS Board of Directors trainee, Michael looks forward to serving as a liaison between IPSS and the simulation (research) network in the European region, and to connect trainees with other specialists and disciplines


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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