Member Spotlight

Q&A with Dr. Dave Rodgers
Manager of Interprofessional Learning and Simulation at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

What are your research interests?
I am most interested in learning theory, curriculum design, and faculty development. All three of these areas are intertwined and I have been fortunate to present and publish on all three topics.  Plus, I get to teach curriculum design in the graduate program at Penn State University.

What is the most innovative sim-related activity you do in your work?
Picking one program as the most innovative is tough to do. Our staff is very creative and they develop new innovations pretty regularly. We even presented some of our innovations at conferences. If I could change the question to the most satisfying, then that becomes easier with simulation educator development being the answer. This includes our Simulation Education and Research Fellowship. This program provides advanced education for people interested in expanding their teaching skills. We have had participants from other countries come here to learn about simulation, then take it back home to build simulation programs. Others come to us as International Medical Graduates to learn new skills to make them more marketable to US residency programs while also keeping their existing skills proficient and learning about the US healthcare system. We have been able to place two of our Fellows into residency programs at Hershey, and one of them won a major teaching award using the skills he learned here.

Why did you join IPSS?
The IPSS community is very interactive. Once I started attending the conferences, I found them to be exceptional. Great content, great presenters, and great relationships within that community. The scale of IPSS is such that people don’t get lost in the masses of some larger organization.  Plus, the focus on pediatrics keeps the clinical content relevant to my interests.

What do you gain from your IPSS membership? 
As I mentioned, it is the sense of community that provides the biggest plus for my membership. I have been able to participate in committee work and help with other projects. As the society matures, we are starting to see other advantages open such as increased communications and educational opportunities.
David Rodgers is manager of Interprofessional Learning and Simulation at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In this role he manages the Clinical Simulation Center, the Standardized Patient Program, and the Resuscitation Sciences Training Center. Clinically trained as a paramedic, he also has a doctorate in education with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. 


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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