IPSSV - Best When We are Together

Over 130 Attend IPSS Virtual Connect and COVID Panel Discussion

IPSS held its annual business meeting and transfer of leadership as planned on Tuesday, April 28. The entire meeting was held online instead of as a traditional in-person convening. Over 130 people from around the world attended to hear an update on the society’s accomplishments, financial strength and future plans. 

2019 IPSS President Toby Everett began the meeting by stating that we are “best when we are together” garnering a response through the virtual event’s chat feature of “#SIMSTRONG.” Everett focused on the year’s accomplishments including the gains made in increasing IPSS’s global and interprofessional reach. Treasurer Michael Seropian provided the year-end financial report bringing awareness to the possible effects of COVID-19 on planned financial gains and expense areas to adjust as the year progresses. 

Everett officially passed leadership to Incoming president, Lydia Lofton, IPSS’s first non-MD president.  In articulating plans for the coming year, Lofton related her recent personal experience of being charged with establishing training protocols for field hospitals in London. She worked with typical simulation and hospital teams but also interprofessionally with psychologists, volunteer trainers and military. She appreciated the process of harnessing collective expertise of a diverse group for a single goal, and hopes to apply this experience with IPSS members worldwide.

Lofton announced IPSS’ election results, and these new members were added to executive board and directors:

  • Robbie Hales, President-Elect
  • Lillian Su, Treasurer
  • Betsy Hunt, Secretary
  • Newly-elected directors include: Anne Ades, Ellen Deutsch, Justin Jeffers and Khang Gee Han (trainee). 

The online event also featured a panel of experts who work across the simulation spectrum discussing the creative changes they have made in the past few months due to COVID-19 and the long-term changes the pandemic will have on simulation. Click here to read a summary of their discussion. 

IPSSV was recorded and is available at the link below.


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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