Member Spotlight

Q&A with Dr. Elaine Ng
We asked Dr. Ng, Pediatric Anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, a few questions about her work and IPSS.

What is the most innovative sim-related activity you do in your work? 
I am afraid I don’t do anything too innovative! Looking back, we were quite early to jump on the bandwagon to do in situ simulation in the operating room, rapid cycle deliberate practice, telesimulation…. when these types of sims were still quite novel. 

Why did you join IPSS? 
I joined IPSS because it’s THE society that binds all of us pediatric simulation enthusiasts! I renew my membership every year because I find that every conversation I’ve had at IPSS is completely relevant to what I do. I do not need to translate whatever’s been discussed and adapt or modify to fit the pediatric healthcare environment. It’s definitely worth investing time and energy with this society… doing my bit having been part of the MOC for the IPPSW conference in Toronto and now serving as co-chair for the Education Committee.

What do you gain from your IPSS membership?  
I’ve met lots of like-minded educators and simulation enthusiasts – very smart and cool people from all over the world. 

What did you enjoy most about IPSSV this year?
I loved IPSSV – I could attend in my PJs! Just kidding. It was a great way to connect with everyone and the time difference with colleagues around the world was not too much of an issue. I was able to review the posters in my own time and listen to the keynote speakers a couple of times. 

Dr. Elaine Ng is a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Lead Quality and Safety in the Simulation Steering Committee at the hospital. Her main interests in simulation are related to team training and patient safety. 


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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