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Member Spotlight
Q&A with Dr. Geethanjali Ramachandra

We asked Dr. Geetha Ramachandra, simulation lead at Krishna Institute of Medical Science Secunderabad, India, and co-founder of Pediatric Simulation Training and Research Society (PediSTARS), a few questions about her work and IPSS.

Why did you join IPSS?

I joined IPSS because it was the best solution PediSTARS had to embrace simulation in a low resource country like India.  Associating with IPSS since 2014 has helped PediSTARS to connect with global simulation leaders, to develop innovative simulation programs for medical, nursing, allied healthcare, EMS and lay public. It has helped  to reach the unreached across the  breadth and length of the country.  My journey of IPSS fellowship program based at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  is something I will cherish forever    

What are your research interests?    

My research interests are improving the care given to children by implementing in – situ simulation countrywide in India and other low resource countries through low-cost innovations. Saving lives from road injuries by training lay public,  police and school children through Active bleeding Control (ABC)  simulation program is another area which is very close to my heart.

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

The pandemic has inspired me to shift my focus to develop telesimulation, to bridge the gap in training caused by restrictions on face-to-face training. I am proud that we have commenced nationwide distance simulation training in pediatric and neonatal emergencies after training 25 national facilitators through PediSTARS.  Collaborating with international organisations, I am helping the CMC Vellore team in India to develop hotkeys using ACEP telesimbox to improve care given to children with septic shock. I have also been working with IPSS/ INSPIRE members in distance simulation research since April 2020  

What do you gain from your IPSS membership?  

I gained priceless human connections through IPSS; connections which helped India take little steps in simulation seven years ago and has now created hundreds of simulation facilitators across the nation. These facilitators are training thousands of healthcare teams in India and neighbouring countries. The simulation community we built in India along with IPSS leaders has brought the whole country together; sharing ideas, helping each other, identifying latent threats, improving teamwork at hospitals. The ABC Stop the Bleed simulation program has saved many lives of injury victims. 

Geethanjali Ramachandra (Geetha) is a Pediatric Intensivist trained in the UK, who co-founded  Pediatric Simulation Training and Research Society (PediSTARS)  India in 2013. She is simulation lead at Krishna Institute of medical Science Secunderabad, India. She did her Simulation fellowship at Children’s hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Geetha is the first simulation faculty to receive  Fellowship of IPSS/ INSPIRE in 2019.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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