Breakouts Feature Practical Application of Symposium Topics
CE Credits Available for Symposium

Keynote speakers, Carl Horsley and Andrew Petrosniak, will expand the way IPSS symposium attendees approach simulation through safety II, a positive approach to address resiliency and adaptability, and how they apply design thinking to simulation for systems testing. Then breakouts, designed as interactive mini workshops, will provide opportunity for practical application and skill building. 

For example, breakouts following Carl Horsley’s presentation will start with an overview of design thinking then move into an interactive exercise in empathy using a journey map demonstration and application of the process.  Attendees can select from several topics and skills represented in each breakout session.

“Sessions about safety are always highly sought after at IPSS’ conferences, and a keynote session at the virtual conference in October helped set the stage for a symposium to take the discussion to the next level,” says Monica Evans-Lombe, IPSS Executive Director. “Our annual conference, IPSSV, covers a broad range of topic areas. The symposium format, new for 2021, allows attendees to dive deep and expand their knowledge in a specific subject.” Bringing experts in these areas of study together in this novel and somewhat challenging approach makes the symposium perfect for a more advanced audience. 

The event is open to IPSS members and non-members, student and LMIC participant pricing is available.  Register and learn more about Simulation Transforming Safety at www.ipssglobal.org/ipss2021springsymposium/


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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