IPSS 2018 Election Candidate Summaries

The Election

After reading the candidate Mission Statements, all IPSS members please vote for IPSS President-Elect and 4 Board of Directors Members by visiting the voting site.

Tobias Everett MD, Canada

Candidate for President-Elect

Mission Statement – Tobias Everett MD, Canada

I am a British-trained pediatric anesthesiologist working for the last seven years at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. I direct the simulation program for the Departments of Anesthesia at SickKids and the University of Toronto.

I have been involved with healthcare simulation for over a decade and with IPSS for seven of those years. In this time my clinical practice has migrated internationally as has my involvement with simulation such that I’ve now been involved with the design and implementation of simulation curricula on five continents. This has been mostly in the fields of anesthesia, interprofessional team training and general pediatrics but my research in simulation-based assessment has led to consultancy work on this topic in multiple jurisdictions. In 2015 I was the chair of IPSSW in Vancouver, Canada, since when I’ve sat on the Board of Directors and subsequently as Secretary of the IPSS Executive Committee. As President of the Society, I would bring an institutional memory of all matters related to the society but also a first-hand insight and sensitivity to the diverse manifestations of healthcare simulation worldwide.

I’m a vocal advocate of the value of the interprofessional approach to healthcare and consequently I’m a strong proponent of interprofessional simulation and in-situ simulation. I would like to see the continued evolution of our society to include interprofessional representation at all levels, membership and leadership. Simulation should not be the preserve of well-off academic teaching hospitals. It’s value to practitioner development and onward downstream to improve patient outcome should be shared across borders, institution types,  disciplines and resource level. IPSS facilitates that – it’s so much more than an annual conference! As President I would continue to seek opportunities for this expansion and diversification as well as supporting the sustained momentum generated by my predecessors who have invested much time and energy making our society what it is today.

Candidates for Board of Directors

Mostafa Elbaba, MD, Egypt

Mission Statement – Mostafa Elbaba, MD, Egypt

This is Dr Mostafa Elbaba, a consultant in pediatrics & pediatric nephrology from Egypt. He is graduated from Ain Shams University Hospitals, Egypt in 1989. He spent many years in different educational institutes worldwide; in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and finally in Qatar. This destination since 2011 is in Hamad Medical Corporation & its affiliated Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Dr Elbaba is a specialist in pediatric nephrology and a co-chair of pediatric simulation in Hamad General Hospital-Qatar. Dr Elbaba basic medical degree and qualifications include, MBBCH, MSc Ped., MRCPCH, MCCEE, MCCQE. He is also qualified in many other disciplines like health profession education, simulation, filming, business, and religions. In the medical education science; he has post-graduate certificate & master degree in medical education from university of Cincinnati, USA. He also has a certification from AMEE and other online courses certifications. His final project in the master in medical education was designed from the data collected form his regular prior activities and it was titled “Using Hybrid simulation in preparation for pediatric OSCE exam”. He is a certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE) since 2015 from the SSH (Society for Simulation in Healthcare). He is chosen by SSH as member of the CHSE Readiness Review Working Group a sub-group of the Education Committee of the Society in 2016. Recently, he was elected for a position of chair in the pediatric interest group of the SSH. This appointment will be effective from January 2018 after the IMSH2018 Sim conference and meeting. The area of interest of Dr Elbaba is simulation-based education in the field of pediatrics and neonatology. The simulation activities and events were boosted to many posters and talks in conferences as well as high quality simulation workshops mainly in the field of pediatrics and faculty development. He is the founder of Mobile Pediatric Simulation (MPS); a specialized team in pediatric simulation that regularly conduct many pediatric simulation events and showed themselves in conferences worldwide. Dr Elbaba is the owner of many websites for educational purposes that were gathered in 2016 to one educational platform; “The Pediatrics Academy”. He designed and running many online e-learning courses since 2013 up-to-date. Two of these e-learning modules are for simulation based education: The PSC “Pediatric Simulation Course” & OSIC “Online Simulation Instructors Course” I feel deep obligations to serve for the IPSS. I always love to work for the development of society body. As a pediatrician with high creativity profile and extreme interest in pediatric simulation as shown from my career portfolio, I believe that I can help in the development of the IPSS in the administrative position. Meanwhile, I’m sure that I will develop myself as well through the exposure to the experienced team of the stakeholders in IPSS. Finally, the e-portfolio of Dr Elbaba is a good portal for more details; find it at. www.mostafaelbaba.com.

Jo Hegarty, PhD, NZ

Mission Statement – Jo Hegarty, PhD, NZ

Thank you for the nomination to the IPSS Board of Directors. I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Starship Hospital Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programme in NICU. Recent initiatives include development of a hospital wide ‘hot debriefing’ project and an interdisciplinary ‘difficult conversations workshop’. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety.

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.

I have been a member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012 and am current Co-Chair of the Education Committee. I am a regular IPSSW attendee and know that IPSSW reinvigorates my enthusiasm for simulation and our community. If elected to the Board of Directors, I will bring my passion and positivity to contribute to the continued achievement of the goals and purpose of IPSS.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Hunt, MD, USA

Mission Statement – Elizabeth (Betsy) Hunt, MD, USA

I am a Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. My passion is optimizing the quality of care delivered to children in clinical emergencies where time is of the essence, particularly in cardiopulmonary arrest. I have been involved in the use of simulation for education and research since my pediatric residency, for over twenty years. When I realized that measuring resuscitation performance was an important step for identifying gaps that could be filled to optimize outcomes, I proceeded to complete a Masters in Public Health and PhD in Clinical Epidemiology. I utilized simulation based research for my thesis projects and this love affair continues today. I am the David S. and Marilyn M. Zamierowski Director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center, a very busy program that serves a large medical school, hospital, our surrounding community and visitors from around the world. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to share my experience in simulation based education and research with programs around the world, in countries such as Cuba, Russia, India and Uganda, amongst many others. I enjoy innovating and have been honored to develop simulation based strategies that have been embraced by our community, i.e. Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice as an example. I am also very proud to have joined a special group of colleagues as a founding members of one of the jewels of our pediatric simulation community, i.e. INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education).

In addition to conducting simulation based education and research, I truly enjoy mentoring and helping to grow our simulation community. It is such a joy to spend time with a young trainee and help them find an area of research that excites them and then guide them to develop the knowledge and skills in their niche – contributing to the growth of that individual and our field.

Vision and Goals

I am enthusiastically committed to developing the next generation of simulation based educators and researchers. My vision is to increase access to high quality training programs and mentorship networks such that simulation enthusiasts from all walks of life are enabled, empowered and supported to ultimately increase the impact of our simulation community on child health throughout the world.

Strengths and Experience

I am excited about the growth of IPSS and would love the opportunity to serve in a leadership role in the next chapter of the society. I have been actively involved in the simulation community in a variety of areas, i.e. as the inaugural Co-Chair of the IPSS Research Committee, planning many IMSH meetings and contributing to the growth of INSPIRE by obtaining grant funding, mentoring and strategic planning, as examples. I have served in many leadership roles and enjoy collaborating with colleagues from around the world. It would be my honor to serve on the IPSS Board of Directors if chosen by our community to do so.

Manu Madhok, MD, USA

Mission Statement – Manu Madhok, MD, USA

I am excited by this opportunity to serve on the IPPS Board of Directors. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2013 and have presented abstracts and workshop at various IPSSW. I have served as the Co-Chair of the IPSS Research Committee (2014-2016) and on the planning committee for IPSSW 2016 in Glasgow. Along with the Education Committee and other members of Research Committee, I have been engaged in gathering needs assessment data and building collaboration towards the development of IPSS Simulation Fellowship. 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. I have been able to develop partnerships with simulation colleagues in other countries to network and widen the reach of simulation and IPSS . I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and attending physician in the Emergency Department of Children’s Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, where I was the Program Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship for 10 years. I have also served on the Boards of American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Physicians (Minnesota chapter). 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 workers and IPSS is at a great strategic point to make it happen!

Rakshay Shetty, MD, India

Mission Statement – Rakshay Shetty, MD, India

I am a Pediatric Intensivist working in a tertiary care Medical –Surgical Intensive Care unit at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Bangalore, India. I am currently the head and academic director of the Intensive care services. I am an active proponent of using point of care simulation in improving the safety and quality of health care. I am the founder and the current President of Pediatric Simulation Training And Research Society (PediSTARS) in India.

Visions and goals

IPSS has a very important role in spreading the use of simulation in various aspects of Pediatric healthcare.

My vision for IPSS is

  • To help in creating a sustainable model of simulation network in countries new to simulation
  • To continue leading the advances in science of simulation with more focus on creating solutions for countries with different types of challenges.
  • To ensure that IPSS continues to deliver engaging, inspiring and accessible conference.

Strengths and experience

As a founder of PediSTARS in India, I with my two co-founders have become the main proponents of use of simulation in pediatric health care in Indian subcontinent. By conducting over 50 workshops including training of the trainer’s workshops across the length and breadth of the country since its inception in 2013, I have been able to significantly raise awareness of simulation and its use in many centres across the country through PediSTARS. By hosting multiple meetings with various stakeholders in child health and education, I have achieved reasonable success in encouraging use of simulation in various aspects of Pediatric health care. Since its inception, I have worked very closely with IPSS and the contribution of IPSS has been significant in changing simulation land scape in India. I have also presented in IPSS meetings and engaged with IPSS actively over the last few years to ensure advancement in science of simulation. I feel that my experience of setting up of simulation network in an emerging economy and ability to work in a collaborative manner can help IPSS hugely to develop footprints across the world. As a President of PediSTARS, I have developed significant leadership and administrative responsibilities. My active interaction with IPSS over the past few years has given me a good understanding of working in a range of differently resourced environments and the challenges of developing simulation programs with limited resources.

Elaine Sigalet, PhD, USA

Mission Statement – Elaine Sigalet, PhD, USA

Thank you for the opportunity to express my enthusiasm for becoming a board member for the International Pediatric Simulation Society. The mission to improve pediatric outcomes has been a part of my career since I began nursing in pediatric intensive care. After a transition to the emergency department I developed my passion for working with all team members to effectively manage the emergent needs of children.

During this phase of my career, I became progressively more involved in teaching, which prompted me to pursue a MN in 2006, and my PhD in medical education in 2012. Working with the natural inter-professional teams which exist in the emergency department I saw the value in helping teams work more effectively together, decreasing power gradients, and learning approaches that modeled respect for all team members to help vulnerable children and families achieve the best possible outcomes. Patient safety was tied to effective teamwork. It was a natural progression to use SBE to create a platform for the learners (undergraduate nurses, respiratory therapists and medical students). The program we developed using SBE allowed them to learn with each other, from each other and about each other as they worked together to provide care to children with emergency medical needs. I was fortunate to be locally supported and coached by Vincent Grant and Adam Cheng.

During my PhD studies, I attended the instructor and then graduate advanced course on SBE at the center for medical simulation (Boston) and became an advocate of the Harvard model of providing feedback and curricula design. Jenny Rudolph, Walter Eppich, and Robert Simon with Vince Grant in Calgary served as mentor role models and supported my initial work at the international level.

From this initial phase, centered around teaching students and residents, I took on a major role as Director of Education at Sidra Medical Center in Doha Qatar. This allowed me apply these same precepts to the design the interprofessional education program for the opening of a Greenfield Pediatric and Woman’s Hospital. Since this is now open, I have focused my energy on developing SBE as a teaching platform in low and middle income countries. I have been a lead in an education initiative since 2013 in the IPSS supported effort to engage SBE in the current Emergency, triage, Assessment and treatment course (ETAT) in Malawi. Working with the team, we have reduced a 5-day course to a 2.5 day course and shown improved learning. I am working in Tanzania with another team to support the roll out of helping babies breathe and mother survive, using SBE to improve the skill, and decision making of frontline health workers. My passion continues to be in effective feedback, interprofessional education and curricula design.

There are two reasons that drive my interest with this post. I strongly believe in the inter-professional model of health care delivery, and I would aim to increase the involvement of all members of the health care teams in IPSSW. Secondly, I have seen the benefits of SBE in low and middle income countries and would support an ongoing effort to maintain this as a goal of the IPSS. I feel privileged in my life and hope that my passion and quest for this position will allow me to give back to a community that has been instrumental in my career success and personal enthusiasm and passion for SBE.

Lillian Su, MD, USA

Mission Statement – Lillian Su, MD, USA

I currently serve as the Medical Director of the Simulation Program for the Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. I joined Stanford’s program in January 2017 having spent 8 years in Washington DC at Children’s National Health System where I was eventually promoted to Medical Director of the Board of Visitors Simulation program. My research focuses on improving team performance in resuscitation. I am specifically interested in the barriers to implementing timely CPR during the recognition phase of cardiac arrest and the impact of video assisted debriefing on patient outcomes. I have worked with both the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) to implement simulation based educational workshops at their annual meetings. My involvement in IPSS includes presentations in workshops at the annual meetings and a webinar. By joining the Board of IPSS, I hope to expand IPSS’s collaborations not only with medical organizations such as ELSO, and SCCM but also with social science organizations such as the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and INGRoup (interdisciplinary network for group research). By increasing our collaborations with psychologists and human factors experts, I believe IPSS can be a leader in the use of simulation to evaluate human behavior and human cognition to improve outcomes for our pediatric and neonatal patients.


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