IPSSW 2019

The 11th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW2019) was held in Toronto 20-22 May, 2019.

Renowned and global experts gathered for the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation for three days of in-depth discussion on 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.

The inspiring conference provided unmatched networking and knowledge exchange in hands-on workshops, roundtable sessions, special interest groups and poster presentations.

Attendees included all pediatric subspecialties working in simulation, from novice to expert levels –  physicians, nurses, allied health care specialists, simulation experts and researchers, technicians and administrators.

IPSSW2019 Meeting Organizing Committee

Many thanks go to our hard-working meeting organizing committee:

Jon Duff
Elaine Ng
Justin Jeffers
Lydia Lofton
Aaron Calhoun

Speakers and Program

IPSSW2019 featured over 500 keynote and plenary session speakers who are well-known and experienced experts in the field of pediatric simulation. View the online searchable program to see the full schedule, speaker information and exhibitor list.

Keynote Speakers

Adam Cheng, MD 
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Calgary

Walter Tavares, PhD
Post-MD Scientist, Post MD Education, The Wilson Centre
University of Toronto

Adam Levine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology and Pharmacological Sciences and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai Health System

Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN
Senior Attending Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Bioethics; Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Patricia Trbovich
Associate Professor of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Rana Sharara-Chami, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, American University of Beirut

Christian Mukwesi
Head of Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Rwanda Military Hospital

Marlies van Dijk
Founder and Leader, Design Lab at Alberta Health Services


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.





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