IPSSV2020 – Groundbreaking Engagement

Over 560 registrants from 32 countries engaged for the groundbreaking conference, IPSSV2020: A Virtual Experience. We knew things would look different this year not being face-to-face but our meeting organizing committee, board and staff went the extra mile to ensure the core elements that make up IPSS remained the same. We also made strategic adjustments to the virtual conference agenda and pricing to ensure it was affordable and accessible to our global community.

Because of these efforts we set a new record for attendance at an IPSS event hosting 240 more attendees than last year and welcoming 280 first-time attendees. We accomplished this in the middle of a pandemic, ongoing budget and funding cuts and travel restrictions. WE DID IT and we should be PROUD! This is a true testament to everyone’s commitment to IPSS and the need for our resilient community to come together to learn from each other, offer support and grow.

IPSSV2020 attendees were more diverse geographically and in their roles in simulation, including trainees and students. As always, the IPSS conference remained one of the high points of the society’s annual activities with important sharing of content, opportunities for networking/ collaboration, and just plain old fun!

The program featured over 130 sessions with renowned global experts presenting scientific work in themed learning tracks, interactive and collaborative workshops, engaging poster sessions and technology demos. If you weren’t able to attend, watch your inbox for more details about purchasing access to content.

During IPSSV2020 and throughout the year, we have opportunities to find connections within our IPSS community, to grow, and to bring others into the community during this time where we are physically apart. Often the IPSS conference is the catalyst for a new project or idea. In 2021, we have plans to provide even more content and opportunities to connect virtually throughout the year. Being a member is valuable and ensuring all multidisciplinary views are heard encourages a shared focus on our goals, providing an avenue for both collective learning and innovation.

Thank you for your commitment to IPSSV and embracing this change. We want to celebrate the continued growth and collaboration of this community and success of IPSS…together we strive to improve the care of our patients and the practices of our members around the world.


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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