Dear IPSS members,

IPSS is a stakeholder organization in PEM Simulation Collaborative, an initiative of American College of Emergency Physicians. The aim of this collaborative is to develop and maintain a unified, high quality, free, online, open access, pediatric simulation curriculum for use by emergency medicine educators. As IPSS representative to this collaborative, I would like to share the progress made in this project. The collaborative has completed a three-round modified Delphi project from ten stakeholder organizations to develop a consensus on content that definitely must be taught using simulation in all EM residency programs (accepted for publication by AEM Education and Training)!

The content is being developed into simulation scenarios incorporating ACGME competencies and milestones. Each topic will have authors, peer reviewers/editors and associate editor. Both authors and editors will be credited appropriately for the simulations they help create, and this online publication can be included on a curriculum vitae. Our ideal goal is have the cases published on MedEdPortal. Authors and editors will be responsible to preparing the submissions and will be listed as authors for this publication, as well.

The first phase of project with case outline development by authors is complete and the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Simulation Collaborative is now recruiting peer editors for the National PEM simulation. Peer editors will review, test, and edit simulations created to address topics determined to be critical by a national Delphi process involving participants from 10 national organizations. You are being contacted because you are a member of one of these organizations.

The pediatric simulation cases include:
• Penetrating trauma
• Non-accidental trauma
• PEA/V fib
• Myocarditis
• Tamponade
• Foreign body aspiration
• Status asthmaticus
• Anaphylaxis
• Pneumonia and septic shock in a chronically ill patient
• Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
• Neonatal delivery
• Diabetic ketoacidosis
• Status epilepticus

Peer reviewers must be able to run at least one case with a group of EM residents and provide suggestions/edits during one of the preassigned times. These include 2020 (Round#1) Jan 20-Feb2, (Round #2) Feb 17-March 1, (Round #3) March 23-April 5.
The National Curriculum Project has a robust authorship and peer review process. Peer reviewers will have 2 weeks to test the sims and edit the cases. Authors will then have 2 weeks to edit cases after each of the 3 rounds of peer review. The date to begin work for case development is October 15 and materials are expected to be publishable by June 2020. Peer editors will be included in authorship of any published cases resulting from this work and will be asked to contribute to the writing of any materials for peer-reviewed publication (example, MedEdPORTAL)
Please follow this link (Link to form: https://forms.gle/bDT4J2hCYzcujZim9) to select cases and rounds you are interested in. We will contact individuals with assignments by the end of November. Please contact Sam Shahid (sshahid@acep.org) or Rebekah Burns, MD (Rebekah.burns@seattlechildrens.org) or Manu Madhok, MD (Manu.Madhok@Childrensmn.org) with any questions.

Please let us know if there are any questions or if there is any additional information we can provide.

Manu Madhok, MD

Emergency Department, Children’s Minnesota

Manu.Madhok@Childrensmn.org, 612 501 6406


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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