IPSS 2019 Election Candidate Summaries
After reading the candidate Mission Statements, all IPSS members please vote for IPSS President-Elect and 5 Board of Directors Members by visiting the voting site.
Lydia Lofton, UK
Candidate for President-Elect
Mission Statement – Lydia Lofton, UK
I am a paediatric intensive care nurse based in London, United Kingdom, with experience in simulation-based education and simulation network leadership. I have recently moved into a broader role in workforce at Health Education England, which includes simulation and aims to extend and align approaches simulation across the National Health Service in London.
I have extensive experience in design and delivery of
simulation-based education as Lead Nurse for the SPRinT Programme at Royal Brompton Hospital, and previously served as Chair of the Paediatric Special Interest Group for the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH). My speciality interest areas are in team training, Interprofessional education, and faculty development. I am currently
undertaking research on participant perceptions of in-situ simulation.
To ensure maximum impact of simulation-based education, a concerted effort to research where and when particular simulation methods are best used is key. IPSS can develop even further as a collaboration vehicle to maximise simulation research efforts across institutional and geographical boundaries. I believe it is our responsibility to work to make simulation accessible for providers of healthcare for children throughout the world, and that IPSS and its membership play a vital role in ensuring that simulation is embedded into the fabric of the workplace.
I am passionate about interprofessonal education, and wish to see a strong multi- professional membership of IPSS internationally. I would be delighted to serve as President of IPSS, and if elected I would continue to build on the extensive work that IPSS leadership has pursued to grow the society, in membership and resources for members. As a member of the IPSS Board of Directors, I had the privilege of serving as Co-Chair for IPSSW 2018 in Amsterdam, and gained a tremendous amount of energy hearing about the exciting work that was presented from across the world. I would like to see the momentum and vitality from those meetings harnessed further into growth in active memberships, where all see that they have a place in the society and that members collaborate across the year.
Candidates for Board of Directors
Catherine K. Allan, US
Mission Statement – Catherine K. Allan
Dr. Allan is a cardiac intensivist in the Department of Cardiology, Division of Cardiac Intensive Care at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program, a large, hospital-wide Simulator Program as well as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. In addition to work at an institutional level, Dr. Allan is an active part of the BCH Simulator Program’s outreach team, which has assisted in the development of more than a
dozen Simulator Programs around the world. She has trained hundreds of simulation faculty on a national and international level and has served as an international invited lecturer on Simulation and Patient Safety.
Dr. Allan has a specific interest in ECMO Simulation, and has translated this work to other institutions to help them build new clinical ECMO programs. Her primary academic focus is in the utilization of simulation to test hospital systems, environments, and processes, with a particular emphasis on the use of simulation to aid in healthcare facility design. Her research focuses on the development and validation of new quantitative tools to assess safety in the built healthcare environment.
Dr. Allan has served on the Board of Directors of IPSS since 2016 and is co- chair of the Affiliations Committee. She is committed to working towards the continued growth of IPSS at an International level, strengthening relationships with other organizations committed to helping improve the care of infants and children, and expanding access to multidisciplinary healthcare providers.
Mohammad Bayoumi, Qatar
Mission Statement – Mohammad Bayoumi
I was attracted to the neonatology as a subject in my college days. Since early of my professional life, I choose to be a neonatologist as I felt that it is the best field which suits my personal nature. I completed my Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, after obtaining my Master and Doctorate of Medicine Degrees from Al – Azhar University in Cairo, and Membership of the Royal College and Child Health (MRCPCH) from the United Kingdom (UK). Besides training pediatric residents and medical students, my clinical interests focus on neonatal resuscitation simulation, team training and debriefing, inter – professional education and
strategies to improve neonatal procedural success rates among trainees and neonatal providers. I did not expect to get such support from my leaders who encouraged me to do my best in the fields of neonatology and simulation based education. I was given the trust to lead the Neonatal Simulation Program in my institute. I feel that it was a great chance to unlock my potential.
International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) is the largest Pediatric Simulation Society in the World. I have been a member of the IPSS, not only to learn but also to disseminate and to take what I have learned in this interesting field to the bedside. I have attended the 9th and 10th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW) in Boston and Amsterdam respectively. They were really amazing. That was a turning point in my career. I have met the right people in the right place!
In 2018, I was elected by the respected IPSS members to be a trainee representative in the Board Of Directors (BOD) in the IPSS. For the last year, I worked as a Board Liaison for the WebCAM Committee. WebCAM stand for Website, Communication and Marketing.
I have been appointed to manage the Mobile Pediatric Simulation (MPS) which is a group of healthcare professionals who aim to demonstrate, implement and disseminate unique high quality pediatric simulation-based experience everywhere in the globe. We have conducted several free pediatric and neonatal simulation sessions in many countries. They have drawn both local and regional participants and we plan to expand more. MPS continuously improve themselves not only in pediatrics and simulation but also in other disciplines like arts and sciences. We are currently involved in many research studies in the field of neonatal simulation. MPS has been recently approved to be an affiliate with the IPSS. The MPS aligns with the IPPS’s strategic plan in promoting multi-disciplinary simulation in all pediatric healthcare subspecialties. It provides a system of support, resources, inter professional education and encouragement – exactly what is needed to change ideas into reality.
Jordan Duval Arnould, US
Mission Statement – Jordan Duval Arnould, USA
I am very excited at the prospect of serving on the IPSS Board of Directors. I have been involved with IPSS and attending and presenting at IPSSW since 2011. I have served as the Co-Chair of the IPSS Research Committee (2016-2017) and was on the Meeting Organizing Committee for IPSSW 2017 in Boston. I believe that IPSS is an organization that truly advances both the science and clinical care of pediatric patients around the world through collaborative, multidisciplinary simulation-based approaches. I also have served as a founding Executive
Committee member as the Technology Co-Chair, for the IPSS affiliated, INSPIRE network.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Pediatric Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and jointly appointed in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Academically I am focused on performing research in clinical populations, as well as, in the simulation lab, where I am the Director of Research and Innovation. I also function as the Resuscitation Scientist for the Johns Hopkins Hospital where I am responsible for data-driven analysis and debriefing of clinical cardiac arrest resuscitations.
I have a professional background in software development and hold a Doctor of Public Health, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University, where I trained in epidemiology and biostatistics and studied measurement of resuscitation performance. As part of my doctoral training I was a National Library of Medicine Informatics fellow and I gained advanced training in system design and development, knowledge engineering and clinical informatics. I believe the combination of my professional experience, training and education provides a unique set of skills and a perspective that will benefit the Society and its members. I would be honored to serve on the Board and to promote and contribute to the advancement of international pediatric simulation.
Mostafa Elbaba, Qatar
Mission Statement – Mostafa Elbaba, Qatar
Dr Mostafa Elbaba residents in Qatar. In Hamad Medical Corporation he is a pediatric nephrologist. He is also an A/ Professor in Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar Campus.
Elbaba is the Chair of the pediatric simulation and Lead of pediatric CPD and Medical education in Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar.
His qualifications in medicine are MBBCH, MSc Ped., MRCPCH, MCCEE, and MCCQE. In medical education science, he has Postgraduate certificate & Master degree in Medical
Education from university of Cincinnati, USA. He steps further in other educational disciplines apart from medicine. Filmmaking and screenwriting are
examples of his educational development to enhance the art of healthcare simulation.
The area of interest of Dr Elbaba is the teaching, particularly simulation-based education. He has many training and certification in cinematic arts that improved his simulation design and events significantly for the last years. He has many contributions as a designer in educational and simulation activities. Many of those have reflected to posters and talks in conferences as well as high quality simulation workshops and course for medical trainees and faculty professional development.
In the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), he is the Chair of the pediatric section since January 2018. He is certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE) since 2015 then CHSE-A (Advanced) in 2018. He is a member of the CHSE Exam Readiness Review of the Society in 2016. In January 2019, he joined the certification council of the SSH as a member in the CHSE-A subcommittee.
In IPSS, he is a committee member in WebCam for almost one year. He granted the best oral and poster presentation in Boston IPSS2017. His vision to IPSS is basically for its development as a specialized simulation body. This development includes enhancement of the marketing, better members’ contribution, developing sub-committees and specialized training programs. Being the chair of the SSH Pediatric section, he has a good experience in the international administrative work.
Elbaba is the founder of Mobile Pediatric Simulation (MPS) with two other co-founders.
Dr. Elbaba has the enthusiasm to add more every now and then to the pediatric simulation worldwide. His e-portfolio is the portal to explore his profile: www.mostafaelbaba.com
Isabel Gross, US
Mission Statement – Isabel Gross, US
I am a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellow at Yale University School of Medicine, the current trainee representative on the board of directors of the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS), and I am very interested continuing to serve on the board of directors.
Throughout my pediatric training, I had been very actively involved with simulation in many capacities, as a learner, a teacher, and a researcher. This passion has continued to grow, and I feel very fortunate to be part of the exciting
journey of promoting and implementing simulation in so many different ways. My current academic interest is using simulation to improve pediatric care in Europe. Through these efforts, I have been working to empower physicians to grow simulation efforts, mentor their scholarly work, and oversee and facilitate community outreach simulations. It has been an invaluable experience collaborating with simulation centers across the ocean. Through this experience, I have gained skill in training instructors how to debrief via tele- communication, visiting hospitals in Latvia, and collaborating on projects with co- investigators across the globe.
As a young investigator, I feel that I have benefitted tremendously from my involvement in IPSSW, through networking, mentorship, and developing novel ideas for education and research. I am currently serving on the board of directors as the trainee representative and I have been very involved with developing the IPSS simulation fellowship curriculum and structure. Continuing to serve on the board of directors would give me an opportunity to refine the IPSS fellowship curriculum and I could help guide the society’s work to benefit young investigators. As I am originally from Germany and currently work in the United States, I am very excited about continuing collaborations between European and US participants and would love to be part of this process. I am also serving as the co-chair of the Scientific Review Committee of INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-Based Pediatric Research) and I am passionate about further enhancing the collaboration between IPSS and INSPIRE. It would be an honor to serve on the board of directors of IPSS, as this would allow me to continue to advocate for young investigators, refine the IPSS fellowship curriculum, and further enhance the relationship between IPSS and INSPIRE.
Kiran Hebber, US
Mission Statement – Kiran Hebber, US
I am a pediatric intensivist and the Medical Director of the Simulation Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University, consisting of three free standing children’s hospital. I have been an active member of IPSSW since 2011 conducting workshops and giving several oral abstract presentations. From 2009-2014 I co-created much of the foundational work for the extracorporeal life support organizations (ELSO) simulation-based courses. I spearheaded multiple international courses, developed strategy around training learners from around the world in
the ELSO method, developed detailed teaching materials and manuals, created strategy for coupling lectures with simulations so participants receive experiential training after reviewing concepts and trained ELSO facilitators.
Since 2013, my focus has shifted to using simulation to improve bedside practice of medical staff, training families, in situ interprofessional training and using simulation as a tool in safety (root cause analysis, address opportunities for improvement) and integrate simulation into designing a hospital and testing newly built healthcare using simulation. I am an elected fellow of critical care medicine (FCCM) and member of Society of Pediatric research (SPR). I currently serve on the American Heart Association’s education subcommittee. In the last two years I have stepped away from the role of Associate Fellowship director (12 fellow Critical care program) and in large part narrowed my research focus to only simulation related work. Many of my simulation projects are collaborative with other leaders in the United States or networks such as NEAR4KIDS.
With IPSS’s advocacy for interprofessional training and interprofessional understanding IPSS represents a lot of what I am working on and am working toward. I believe disseminating and providing our members with tools and approaches to integrating simulation more seamlessly in the pediatric safety and quality are opportunities still at hand for smaller resource poor programs. I am interested in becoming more active internationally and helping shape the direction and future of the society with existing or new partnerships. The tremendous work done by the founding members of the society have placed IPSS is an outstanding position to influence and impact pediatric simulation delivery and direction. I hope to be part of the next wave of growth for the society.
Justin Jeffers, US
Mission Statement – Justin Jeffers, US
I am a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland USA. I have been fortunate to have trained in pediatrics at Brown University, pediatric emergency medicine at Northwestern University, and will graduate this May with a Master’s in Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University. I have been active in simulation-based learning and medical education throughout my training and career. I’m fascinated by all aspects and future potential of simulation-based learning
but have focused on curriculum development and assessment. My current projects revolve around using simulation to improve resuscitative care, utilizing instructional design principles within simulation-based learning, and developing medical education initiatives for simulation-based learning.
I have been an active member of IPSS since 2010 and have attended all but one of our annual meetings. In 2017, I joined the education committee and have been a co-chair since. I was also a member of the meeting oversight committee for IPPSW 2018 and am currently continuing that role for IPSSW 2019.
My vision for IPSS grows directly out of my passion for education. I will work towards expanding educational outreach for our members and non-members alike. I feel that finding ways to use our society to educate all healthcare providers in the care of children is an important mission and one I hope to build.
If elected to the Board of Directors, I will take advantage of my steep learning curve from participating on two meeting oversight committees to further our society’s goals and missions while representing our members to the best of my ability.
Manu Madhok, US
Mission Statement – Manu Madhok, US
I am very excited by this opportunity to serve on the IPPS Board of Directors. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2013 and have served as the Co-Chair of the IPSS Research Committee (2014-2016) and on the planning committee for IPSSW 2016. I was instrumental in gathering needs assessment data for the development of IPSS Simulation Fellowship. I currently serve as the IPSS representative to PEM Simulation Collaborative, initiated by American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for building a simulation curriculum for emergency residents. I
am also involved in ACEP ‘Simulation in a Box’ initiative for preparing community emergency departments to manage pediatric emergencies. I have participated in building the Healthcare Simulation Education and Training Directory as a member of the Formal Training in Simulation Affinity Group, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Vision:
To help in creating a sustainable model of IPSS simulation Fellowship To continue the collaborative endeavors of IPSS with other organizations like SSH, AAP, ACEP etc.
To ensure that IPSS continues to engage a wide range of healthcare providers and deliver simulation resources at a global level
Strengths: I have been able to develop partnerships with simulation colleagues in other organizations to network and widen the reach of simulation and IPSS. I have conducted faculty development workshops at Bangalore Medical College and St. John’s Medical College in India and they have grown into simulation centers. I am Associate Professor of Pediatrics and was the Program Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship for 10 years and have achieved reasonable success in simulation based medical education in various aspects of pediatric care.
I believe that I am well credentialed to serve on the IPSS Board of Directors and contribute towards the growth of our Society, emphasizing inter-professionalism and collaboration with the global pediatric simulation community. I feel that simulation has a key role in providing ‘the best healthcare for children and families’ by training the current and future generations of healthcare providers and IPSS is at a great strategic point to make it happen!
Michael-Alice Moga, Canada
Mission Statement – Michael-Alice Moga, Canada
I am a US and Canadian-trained pediatric cardiac intensivist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Following my clinical training, I received a Masters degree In Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety in 2015, completing a Capstone project on the use of acute event debriefing to identify performance gaps and errors.
As Director of Resuscitation and ECLS Education, co-chair of Quality and Safety and chair of Risk and Safety Assessment, I have actively integrated simulation and simulation-based principles into education, training and departmental operations. These principles are perhaps best exemplified by our Immersive Reality Program, a multidisciplinary, in-situ team training program developed to assess and improve individual, team and system performance during acute events. In addition, I have delivered multiple international workshops and lectures in both simulation and QI forums on incorporating simulation into quality, safety and performance improvement.
Beyond ensuring people know the “what and why”, we need to expand our focus to better understand the often neglected “how and who.” I believe that simulation can be a powerful mechanism to test, change and improve the care we deliver at the bedside and systems we work within, particularly when combined with quality improvement science and methodology. The combination of a diverse and committed membership with experienced and innovative leadership makes IPSS an ideal change agent to expand the use of simulation in healthcare beyond the current boundaries.
Taylor Sawyer, US
Mission Statement – Taylor Sawyer, US
As a member of the IPSS Board of Directors, I will work to help our Society achieve its mission to inspire, grow, and lead the global pediatric simulation community. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2012. I served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee from 2013 to 2017. I have been an Associate Editor for the IPSS Cureus Channel since 2014. I have been a Board of Directors member since 2017.
I believe my prior leadership experience with IPSS makes me a strong candidate for a second term on the Board of Directors. Outside of my work with IPSS, I am the Director of Medical Simulation at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Founder and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods, and a member of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee. I am a dedicated educator and regularly use simulation to
teach procedural skill and neonatal resuscitation.
I am an enthusiastic researcher with multiple peer-reviewed publications and grant support, including funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH). IPSS has positively impacted my career in many ways, including increasing my simulation skills, advancing my simulation research, and fostering friendships within the pediatric simulation community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve a second term on the IPSS Board of Directors.
Samreen Vora, US
Mission Statement – Samreen Vora, US
I am currently the Medical Director of Simulation at Children’s Minnesota. I joined the Children’s Minnesota simulation team in January of 2017 after completing my fellowship in Simulation and Medical Education at University of Illinois at Chicago. While at Children’s, I have embraced the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare in order to take advantage of the benefits of simulation throughout our organization.
I have worked closely with nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, technologists, and information technology colleagues on innovative projects to utilize simulation for teaching and learning as well as systems integration. Over the last two years in my leadership role, I have worked with novice researchers to build their knowledge and promote development of new ideas. I am currently the mentor on a project that received the Novice Researcher Grant through the Society for Simulation. Recently, my research has focused on the role of implicit bias in medical education and specifically in simulation.
By joining the Board of IPSS, I hope to expand the collaboration for research and innovation across disciplines. In order to do this, I would like to be more deliberate about soliciting input from non-physician members and promote their development and involvement in committees. Although I am young in my simulation career, I believe that my experience as the Medical Director of Simulation at a hospital based simulation center provides a unique perspective on how to use simulation to collaborate across disciplines and departments. I hope to contribute to IPSS goals and vision by bringing my new lens and young enthusiasm to the table.
Travis Whitfill, US
Mission Statement – Travis Whitfill, US
IPSS embodies some of the best aspects of healthcare: collaboration, passion, and excellence in medicine and research. I have loved contributing to IPSS last year. I was part of the organizing committee for IPSSW in Amsterdam and enjoyed being a part of the inner workings of the organization and working with IPSS leaders and members. My aim is to formalize and expand my relationship and contribution to IPSS, which is why I am seeking an IPSS Board of Directors position.
As a non-physician Research Scientist in Pediatrics and EM at Yale, I offer a fresh perspective to the IPSS board. My main focus is on scholarship and research, and have served on the executive team of INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education) for the last year. My vision for IPSS and INSPIRE is to continue and leverage the close relationship between the two entities as a platform for supporting excellent research and collaborations in pediatrics.
I can also offer business experience that could be valuable to IPSS. As some know, I have a side career as a venture capitalist. I have been a partner in a healthcare VC fund for the past five years that manages >$80M and have served on the boards of various biotech and medical device companies. I am happy to leverage my experience to help with the operational and financial aspects of the Organization.
My diverse, nonclinical experience can offer fresh perspective to IPSS and help fortify the research goals of the Organization while contributing to the operations and finances to improve the fantastic culture and structure of IPSS.