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.