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.



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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