The 13th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops –

IPSSV2021: A Virtual Experience

17-19 September 2021

Join us for IPSSV2021: A Virtual Experience! We invite you to join over 500 renowned global experts for the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation, IPSSV2021. Attendees will discuss the role simulation plays to provide safe and effective care to sick children and infants, and the continued evolution and expansion of pediatric simulation across the globe.

Our commitment holds true in our virtual convening as it does at our in-person events, that we enable members to present their scientific work making it accessible to our global membership. IPSSV2021 will exceed expectations and meet attendees in the moment with a format that promised to be even more engaging, thought provoking and relevant than ever. 

IPSSV2021: A Virtual Experience

IPSSV2021 is presented through a robust, online platform that offers you all of the elements found at our in-person convening:

  • Network with peers via video chat, session discussions and messaging
  • Experience cutting-edge technology from sponsors in the virtual exhibit hall and special demo sessions
  • Earn CME/CNE credits in an efficient, cost-effective way
  • Gain valuable insight from a new keynote speaker every day
  • Develop new skills in daily workshops
  • Engage with authors of the latest advancements in the field through oral themed sessions and discussion
  • Gather and provide feedback for ongoing work presented in the poster gallery
  • Leave inspired and part of the global community

Meeting Organizing Committee

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Co-Chair: Brittany Dahlen, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPN, CCRN-K
Children’s Minnesota (USA)
Co-Chair: Geethanjali Ramachandra, MD
Mariju Baluyot, MD
Medical Simulation Fellowship at Indiana University/Riley Children’s Hospital (USA)
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Tensing Maa, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital (USA)
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Sarah Patterson, MSc, CCLS
MSc Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care Program McMaster University (CANADA)
Pavan Zaveri, MD, MEd
Children’s National (USA)
Justin Jeffers
Justin Jeffers, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (USA)
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Lydia Lofton, RN
Workforce Transformation Lead at Health Education England in London (UK)


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The Meeting Organizing Committee (MOC) for IPSSV2021 invites the submission of original works of scholarship and scholarly instruction for consideration under the theme of “Collaboration. Resilience. Inclusion: Tying it together

The deadline for submission is 31 May 2021 

The committee is seeking material that demonstrates innovative uses of simulation in research, education and safety or instructs others in the same. This may include, but is not limited to, skills training, team training, systems integration, and system and facility design. Additionally, presentation of novel uses of standardized patients/actors, mannequins, task trainers, virtual reality and computer-based simulations are encouraged. All healthcare disciplines are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. All submissions will be peer-reviewed as part of the selection process. Both completed projects and works in progress will be considered. Abstracts previously presented at regional, national or international meetings are eligible for consideration as encore presentations.

Sessions at IPSSV focus on scholarship and knowledge generation. The scientific program thus consists of two basic categories 1) presentations of completed projects or projects in process, and 2) interactive educational sessions designed to advance the scholarly capabilities of attendees. The MOC will allocate accepted abstracts to one of four presentation formats that address these two issues based on scientific merit and preference indicated by authors:

  1. Oral Themed Presentation Sessions
  2. Traditional Poster Round Presentation Sessions
  3. Instructional Simulation Workshops


Review the abstract submission guidelines and submit your proposal using the abstract submission platform no later than Monday, 31 May 2021 at 11:59 PM (GMT).

Choose the Registation Option That’s Best for You

A variety of pricing options will be available to guarantee the educational opportunities available at IPSSV2021 will be available and accessible to all. IPSS members receive a significant discount. Not a member? Join when you register; your membership pays for itself in this one conference!

Registration information coming in May


Support IPSS and reach your customers by sponsoring IPSSV. Platinum and Gold sponsorships are available. Find details on how to sign up below.

Gold Sponsor

Media Partner

Sponsor IPSSV2021: A Virtual Experience

With dedicated sponosor-led sessions, “must be present” gamification and a robust platform to showcase your products and technology and demonstration sessions, IPSSV promises to be every bit as engaging as our in-person event. Sponsor Engagement is Integrated into the Agenda.

To secure your space, contact Ginna Gutierrez at ggutierrez@wellingtonexperience.com or (913) 202-1781.

Why Should You Sponsor or Exhibit? 

  • Promote your brand to a global audience
  • Showcase your products & services
  • Build & strengthen relationships
  • Share your industry expertise
  • Network with peers & customers

Keynote Speakers

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Topic: The GNSH 30-Minute Weekly Team Engagement
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Topic: Roads Less Traveled: Simulation as a Continuing Professional Development Strategy
Sujatha Thyagarajan
Topic: PediSTARS: Journey and Road ahead
Topic: PediSTARS: Journey and Road ahead
Dr. Rakshay Shetty
Topic: PediSTARS: Journey and Road ahead
Topic: Evidence-based solutions and training simulations for clients on the topics of team dynamics and crisis management

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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