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Chair Nominations

Kimberly Stone

I am thrilled to accept the nomination for INSPIRE Network Chair. I have been a member of INSPIRE since its inception 10 years ago. I began as a novice researcher, taking advantage of the mentorship INSPIRE provided to strengthen and grow my simulation research skills. Throughout the years, I’ve collaborated on several INSPIRE projects and, 3 years ago, I joined the Executive Committee with a vision to help broaden INSPIRE research and education in patient safety and systems improvement. In addition to supporting project development, I’ve helped run the first INSPIRE meeting in India, create the first Research Accelerator, establish our first Bylaws, chair our Membership Committee, and am currently leading the SQUIRE-SIM Reporting Guidelines Extension Project which will result in simulation-based extensions for existing SQUIRE 2.0 quality improvement reporting guidelines. The role of the Network Chair is to lead this great community of pediatric simulationists and help shape INSPIRE’s future. As I think about the current state of the world and simulation, two themes emerge: innovation and connection. Facing the challenges of the last year, the simulation community has responded with the explosion of telesimulation, distance simulation and virtual platforms. We have developed novel ways to learn, bringing learners together while staying apart, at a time when the healthcare community has needed it the most. In addition, virtual meetings, sponsored by INSPIRE, IPSS and IMSH have had some of the highest attendance numbers in their history. Simulationists focused on training, quality improvement, systems, and research have demonstrated a worldwide need to learn from and with one another- developing connections, whether virtually or in person. Looking to the future, I see INSPIRE pushing the boundaries of innovation- creating communities and providing resources to more fully develop current innovations, as well as those yet to be imagined. INSPIRE is well-poised to bridge the pediatric simulation research community with other research networks, establishing standards of excellence. I envision INSPIRE extending and enriching our relationship with a wider range of pediatric healthcare professionals and disciplines. The first 10 years of INSPIRE has shown amazing growth. We are at a juncture, with an opportunity to build on this success and establish our financial future, ensuring a robust next 10 years. The work ahead for the Network Chair requires leadership, teamwork, creativity, decision-making and execution abilities. I believe I have the skills and experience to lead our community of passionate, committed pediatric simulationists forward. I hope you will support me to become the next Network Chair for INSPIRE. Thank you.
Kimberly (Kim) Stone, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is a Simulation Consultant at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Learning and Simulation Center with a focus on systems improvement and patient safety. Dr. Stone is Past-President of the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) and serves on the Executive Committee for the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE). Dr. Stone has been using simulation for interprofessional education, team training, patient safety and systems and process improvement for the past 15 years. She has led more than 40 systems-improvement projects using simulation and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and simulation-based curricula. In 2017, Dr. Stone received the Seattle Children’s Hospital David Fisher Award for Excellence in Patient Safety.

Treasurer Nominations

Mark Adler

Mission Statement Mark Adler, MD I have had the opportunity to be a member of INSPIRE since soon after its inception. I have found INSPIRE to be a community of pediatric educators and scholars whose key attribute is the collective desire to see each other succeed and grow. I am currently working with others on the retrospective look at the past 10 years of ALERTs and the academic legacy of our efforts is impressive. It speaks to the value of the mentorship and encouragement INSPIRE provides. I have been involved in healthcare education since 1999, first in web-based and then transitioning to simulation-based healthcare education. I bring to the Treasurer role experience in program development and management, having founded the kidSTAR Medical Education Program at Lurie Children’s. I have developed and implemented yearly budgets for this program as well as federally funded grant work in PI and site PI roles. As a longstanding member of INSPIRE, a current board member, and the chair of the Meeting Oversight Committee, I bring institutional experience to the role of Treasurer. I see that this a key moment in the history of our community, with the transition to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This opportunity provides INSPIRE to identify and encourage further philanthropic support to build on our successful efforts to date. I look forward to the opportunity to service in this role and to assist in its further growth.
Mark Adler, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is the founder and Director of the kidSTAR Medical Education at Lurie Children’s, has active leadership roles in the Northwestern Simulation Program and the Office of Fellowship Programs in the Department of Pediatrics. kidSTAR, founded in 2005, is an academic medical education program dedicated to improving patient care through high-quality, evidence-based education using a variety of active learning modalities. Internationally, Dr. Adler is an executive board member of the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Research, Innovation and Education (INSPIRE) and has co-led the scholarly content program for the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) for the past 4 years. In his IMSH role, he has led a revamping of the format and delivery of the scholarly content. He was named to the Simulation Academy of the Society for the Simulation in Healthcare. He has mentored learners across the clinical spectrum both in training level and profession, with an eye toward developing educational scholars and passionate educators. He is dedicated to assisting others in their efforts to develop an educational scholarship career. His academic focus pertains to the observational assessment of learners in the context of simulation-based healthcare education.

Travis Whitfill

INSPIRE embodies some of the best aspects of healthcare: collaboration, passion, and excellence in medicine and research. I have loved contributing to INSPIRE over the last few years and watching the organization grow to a formalized nonprofit while retaining its collaborative culture and resiliency during a global pandemic. I am running for Treasurer of INSPIRE to continue to serve INSPIRE. I can offer finance and business experience that would be invaluable to this position. As some know, I have a side career as a venture capitalist. I have been a partner in a biotech-focused VC fund for the past seven years that manages >$300M. I have served on the boards of various biotech and medical device companies and have extensive financial and business experience. I am happy to leverage my experience to help with the operational and financial aspects of INSPIRE. As a non-physician Research Scientist in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Yale, I believe I offer a fresh perspective to INSPIRE. My diverse, nonclinical experience can offer fresh perspective to INSPIRE and help fortify the research goals of the Organization while contributing to the operations and finances to improve the fantastic culture and structure of INSPIRE.
Travis Whitfill is an Associate Research Scientist in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Yale University. His academic work has focused on measuring and improving pediatric emergency care. He worked extensively to use a combination of large data sets, simulation-based research methodologies, and survey-based instruments to measure pediatric care in Emergency Departments. His work has shown major gaps in pediatric care across various Emergency Departments, and he has been part of several teams involved in large-scale efforts to improve those gaps. This work has measured over 200 EDs internationally. Additionally, he has worked with others to improve pediatric disaster preparedness and to demonstrate the utility of telemedicine in the context of pediatric disaster training as well as neonatal resuscitations. Travis also has a background in biotechnology, finance, and venture capital. He is currently a Partner at Bios Partners, which is a life science-focused venture capital firm in Texas with over $300 million assets under management. He sits on the board of four portfolio companies, including IN8bio, Azitra Inc., Immusoft Corporation (observer), and 410 Medical, Inc. (observer). He is the co-founder of several startup companies, including Azitra Inc. which is a mid-clinical stage medical dermatology company. His background in entrepreneurship and business and was acknowledged as Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in healthcare in 2018. He’s also the Senior Analyst at Bios Research, which brings experience in public markets, and drug development to support venture capital investments. Mr. Whitfill has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI of over $18 million in federal grants/contracts, holds nearly a dozen patents, and has co-authored approximately 50 publications and book chapters. Mr. Whitfill received degrees from Yale School of Public Health (MPH), University College London (MPhil), and Dallas Baptist University (BS) and is working on a PhD in health policy from University College London.

Director Nominations

Kamal Abulebda

In the spirit of improving the care of children whenever and wherever it is needed utilizing simulation, coupled with my background in medical simulation, I am honored to be nominated to the INSPIRE Executive Board position. I am an associate professor of clinical pediatrics and a pediatric intensivist at Riley Hospital for Children’s. I serve as the director of the simulation program at the pediatric critical care division and the Pediatric Community Outreach Mobile Education Program (PCOME). I am also the CoChair of the Improving Pediatric Acute Care Through Simulation (ImPACTS) network. I have held numerous regional and national leadership positions in ImPACTS, Society of Pediatric Sedation, and Indiana EMSC, and served as the principal investigator on multiple funded simulation research projects, including the ImPACTS research program. My research involves using technology and innovative techniques, such as simulation, to improve the quality and safety of care through work at the levels of individual healthcare providers and teams of providers working within complex systems. My work involves developing and implementing diverse improvement programs aiming to ensure that all children receive optimal care no matter where they live, work or go to school. These diverse programs engage community hospitals in interventions involving in situ simulation and innovative collaboration with the academic medical centers. I have a track record in utilizing in situ simulation as a platform to inspire collaboration between pediatric academic medical centers and community hospitals to resolve the disparities and close the gap in the care provided to children. My work was associated with significant improvements in the emergency readiness and quality of simulated resuscitative care in community hospital settings nationwide. Most recently, these simulation-based improvements were associated with improvements in the process of clinical care provided to acutely ill and injured children presenting to a set of community hospitals in the state of Indiana. I am passionate about creating innovative healthcare models of pediatric resuscitative care in the acute setting. I have a proven track record of fostering care delivery models from concept to implementation in a pediatric acute care and resuscitation domains. My primary mission is to improve the pediatric patients’ health outcomes across the emergency continuum and ensure the delivery of high-quality care whenever and wherever it is needed using simulation healthcare science. My vision to accomplish this is by establishing a simulation-based innovative collaboration between academic centers and community hospitals that allows for sharing resources, experience and skillset to promote a “community of practice” using simulation as a burning platform. Furthermore, I strive to advance the field of pediatric simulation by providing compelling evidence for the translation of simulation benefits from the educational setting (T1) to improved downstream clinical care practices (T2) and ultimately improved patient health outcomes (T3). These are aligned with the INSPIRE mission and vision of improving the lives of children through healthcare simulation science by serving as a global community that promotes collaboration in simulation-based research, scholarship, and innovation. I have personally been honored to attend many INSPIRE meetings and work at some of its consensus meetings which has significantly cultivated my experience as a simulation researcher and helped me to promote collaboration and catalyze concepts and discoveries within the ImPACTS network throughout the years. I pride myself on the knowledge and skills I have gained, and I look forward to further growing, leading and collaborating through the pediatric simulation community and the INSPIRE organization. I am confident that my passion toward children, paired with my experience and dedication to the pediatric simulation field, will allow me to be a successful INSPIRE Executive Board member.
I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. I am a simulation researcher at Riley Hospital for Children with a passion for pediatric resuscitative and acute care in the community hospital settings. I successfully led the effort to establish and fund implementation of a Pediatric Community Outreach Mobile Education (PCOME) Program using innovative collaboration between the pediatric tertiary center and community emergency departments to assess, measure and improve the acute care provided to ill and injured children across in the state of Indiana. I am also the Co-Chair of the Improving Pediatric Acute Care Through Simulation (ImPACTS) a collaborative of over 50 US Children’s Hospitals and their regional Community Hospitals with a shared vision of improving the quality of pediatric acute care. I co-chair the SPS Provider Course, teaching multidisciplinary healthcare providers high quality, safe, efficient sedation practice through simulation-based methodologies and other learning platforms. I served as a principle investigator (PI) on multiple institutional grants and national projects under the ImPACTS umbrella, and successfully presented and published our work in well-regarded and different regional, national and international conferences. My research involves developing and implementing diverse simulation-based improvement programs aiming to ensure that all children receive optimal care whenever and wherever it is needed. These programs involve innovative collaboration between the pediatric academic medical center and community hospital to ensure high-quality pediatric care across the emergency continuum on a local, regional and national level.

Brittany Dahlen

I have been a member of INSPIRE since 2018. In 2020, I was the co-chair of the first virtual INSPIRE meeting with Dr. Cara Doughty. As a member of the Meeting Organizing Committee, I provide expertise in Equity and Inclusion in simulation and the perspective from Nursing and Allied Health roles. The core values of INSPIRE, community, discovery, and integrity, align with my closely held values to promote inclusion and innovation. I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to network and grow at INSPIRE meetings and hope to foster the same opportunities for the growing number of INSPIRE members and first-time attendees. I am passionate about creating an environment where all perspectives are valued and respected. If elected to the Board, I will continue to promote creative ways to increase diverse membership and to promote community by breaking down silos. My own experience at INSPIRE meetings drives my passion to expand the community and welcome new attendees. I am grateful for the feedback I have received over the years on multiple research studies and I hope to break down barriers for new members to have similar experiences. As an educator and researcher, my primary research focus is investigating the translational outcomes of Simulation Based Mastery Learning (SBML) across various disciplines and caregivers. I am currently implementing a simulation-based quality improvement project, providing clinical nurses with the opportunity to practice implicit bias mitigation strategies (IMBS). The quality improvement project is part of an organizational strategy to improve care for families of color and create a more just, equitable, and inclusive workplace. I have been accepted to present a webinar on the use of simulation for IBMS at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion with co-investigator, Dr. Samreen Vora. I believe my experience developing and implementing simulation for IBMS provides me with a lens to promote justice, equity, and inclusion in INSPIRE. I appreciate your consideration of my nomination to the Board.
I am the Clinical Education Specialist for Simulation Based Mastery Learning (SBML) at Children’s Minnesota. My clinical background includes pediatric hematology/oncology and cardiac intensive care nursing. I am a Nursing Professional Development Practitioner, focused on the use of simulation to target preventable harm reduction, including improving health equity outcomes. I have presented on the use of simulation-based mastery learning, simulation-based equity and inclusion interventions, and nursing professional development interventions at various national and international conferences.

Amy Florez

I am a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). I specialize in the care of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease, heart failure and arrhythmias, and adult patients with congenital heart disease. In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I am actively involved in quality improvement, research, and education both locally at CCHMC and nationally through the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) and the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4). I completed two-years of advanced training in simulation, similar to a GME simulation fellowship, at the Center for Simulation and Research at CCHMC. My simulation research and education has included emergency leadership, code team training, CICU Advanced Practice Provider (APP) management (PCICS APP Review Course), in situ, and tool validation. I am also in the initial phase of conducting virtual reality education research, assessing nurse recognition of low cardiac output in cardiac patients. As a nurse practitioner I have the unique opportunity to observe and evaluate the needs of our patients as well as the needs of our staff (nursing and medical) from both an educational and research standpoint. While I function in a provider role, my background in nursing provides a lens into opportunities for research and education across both professions. My experience collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to provide care, research and education both at CCHMC and through PCICS have demonstrated the importance of ensuring all disciplines are represented in leadership. If I am selected as a member of the executive board of INSPIRE, I will help to promote and advance pediatric simulation research at all levels to ultimately improve patient outcomes.
I am a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). I received both my Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing degrees from Duke University. I am a certified Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I completed my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama in 2020. My research, quality improvement, and educational initiatives are focused in simulation, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrest prevention, and Advanced Practice Provider leadership.

Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky

I am a Pediatric Intensivist at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and lead the hospital’s in-situ simulation program. I created a quality and patient safety pathway within this program that provides seamless reporting of any safety threats exposed during simulations, which are then reviewed and mitigated similarly to real safety threats. I have been a member of INSPIRE since 2012 and currently serve on the Awards and Funding Committee and the Communications Committee. These experiences have given me a broader understanding of the larger workings of INSPIRE. I have worked with many of you on different projects. What I love the most about INSPIRE is the accessible, open, and collaborative nature of our community. We all work toward the common goal of improving children’s lives through simulation. I am running for the executive board of INSPIRE because INSPIRE has helped me so much during my career as a simulation researcher, and I would love to be able to give back. As a member of the Executive Board, I would leverage my experiences in education and patient safety to advance the vision of INSPIRE to catalyze discovery and innovation for pediatric simulation. If elected, I will continue to foster collaboration on all levels, offer leadership for our initiatives, and provide mentorship to our members.
Throughout my medical career, I have focused on improving the landscape of medical education with a specific focus on simulation-based learning. I started my career by examining the efficiency of teaching clinical reasoning to residents, which has led me to direct the in-situ simulation program for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. I studied the efficiency of knowledge transfer for a clinical prediction rule (the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, PECARN) by comparing immersive simulation to clinically integrated teaching in the pediatric emergency department. The results of this study were presented at several national meetings and publications. While employing simulation-based medical education, I noticed that we were observing several latent safety threats (LST). Through this observation, we instituted a quality improvement project to better capture those LSTs found during simulation. In working on this project, I have parlayed my interest in simulation-based medical education into improving patient safety and the quality of care delivered. Through this work, I hope to make a meaningful contribution to children’s health through improving medical education and patient safety.

Priti Jani

When I think about INSPIRE, I am reminded of this African Proverb,“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In the past seven years as an INSPIRE member, I have seen this saying exemplified in every facet of the networks operations. The success of the group is a testament to the power that lies in collaboration, mentorship and generosity. I am applying to be a member of the general executive board for the opportunity to join a group whose model I deeply admire and to serve INSPIRE’s mission “to improve the lives of children through healthcare simulation science”. If given the privilege to serve, I would look forward to working with the INSPIRE leadership team towards continued growth of the network, while enhancing group cohesiveness and fostering further scholarship and growth within the multiple realms of simulation’s scope in medicine. As a pediatric critical care physician at the University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital, I spend my non-clinical time immersed in the utilization of simulation towards improving resuscitation education, quality and outcomes. I am the current institutional lead for pediatric in-patient simulation, CPR committee chair and director of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support course. In these roles, I have directed multiple simulation-based curricula for nurses and trainees, research projects and hospital-wide quality improvement initiatives. I have a special focus on investigating curricula (Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice), resuscitation team preparedness and decision support tools to optimize the retention of resuscitation skills and quality of resuscitative efforts. Along with my institutional leadership, regionally I served as the president of the Chicago Simulation consortium from 2016-2019, supporting multiple disciplines of simulation educators and researchers in program development, sharing of resources and facilitation of research. At the time, the consortium consisted of 59 institutions across the Greater Chicagoland area and 228 members across multiple disciplines. During my term as president, I coordinated multiple conferences, including an annual research symposium, worked to improve cohesiveness within the group, fostered research and helped transition our organization into an official 501c3 non-profit entity. Nationally, I have had the great fortune of continued learning and collaborative work via participation in INSPIRE projects such as the CPR leaderboard study, Prevalence of Errors in Anaphylaxis in Kids (PEAK) and PEAK II’s development of a latent safety threat database. My roles in simulation research, education and leadership have provided me with a skill set that aligns well with expertise useful for an INSPIRE executive board member. Most important among these is the drive “to go far together”. If I am privileged to have your vote, I commit to ardently serve our mutual interest of working towards fulfilling our mission, continued advancement of the network and fostering the professional growth of our membership.
Priti Jani MD, MPH is a pediatric critical care specialist who takes care of critically ill infants and children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Sedation service. Dr. Jani’s scholarly focus lies at the intersection of research in simulation-based medical education and resuscitation quality improvement. She develops and investigates simulation-based educational curricula and quality improvement initiatives towards the goal of improving individual, team and system level performance during resuscitation events with translation to improved patient outcomes. A dedicated educator, she utilizes her expertise in simulation to direct and develop curricula for residents, nurses and pediatric care teams. Serving as the chair of the CPR committee and cardiac arrest lead on the pediatric resuscitation quality committee, she is highly invested in enhancing the clinical program for resuscitation quality and safety at Comer Children’s Hospital.

Chris Kennedy

I am committed to improving the lives of ill and injured children. As an attending physician in a high volume pediatric emergency department I have cared for thousands of injured, assaulted, and critically ill children and their families. As an attending physician in a level-1 trauma referral center for pediatric trauma in Kansas City, I have witnessed how providers in both the tertiary care and community hospital struggle to provide the best care for children. To address this issue sixteen years agao I founded an onsite high fidelity simulation program—the Center for Excellence in Pediatric Resuscitation. This program focuses on the development of highly reliable team skills and preparation to care for critically ill children. This work led to my leading role in an international collaboration. I currently serve as the US-PI for an international team of investigators developing evaluation tools to improve function of both providers and facilities in community hospitals. This work also led to the development of the Field Assessment Conditioning Tool (FACT). My other work includes currently conducting simulation-based research to identify gaps in COVID 19 protocols and hypoglycemia, identify provider errors in child abuse recognition and improve the Basic Life Support recertification. I have experience in intimate partner violence screening, injury prevention, trauma and emergency department ultrasound, foreign languages and diversity, and patient simulation. I am committed to the development of trainees, staff at all levels and welcome the challenge to improve education, help to develop resilience training and explore ways to develop a deeper unders I think INSPIRE can change the lives of ill or injured children through collaborative research, innovative thinking, and fearless interactions to improve each other’s work. I am committed to helping others develop and succeed. I have mentored over 45 subspecialty fellows to develop basic skills in research. This is why I love participating in INSPIRE. I have been part of INSPIRE for the past 10 years. I have served on the scientific review committee and as co-chair of the awards committee for the past 3 years.
Dr. Chris Kennedy has a broad background in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and trauma, with specific training and expertise in high fidelity simulation evaluation methods and systems appraisal. He understands the importance of the methods needed to train highly reliable teams with varying levels of expertise using simulation, and is committed to the development of practical decision-making training tools. Dr. Kennedy served as a subspecialty program director for fellows in pediatric emergency medicine in a level 1 pediatric trauma center for 15 years and is currently involved in community-based trauma training research in the US and United Kingdom. His research includes violence and the impact on children and development of a universal screening program for intimate partner violence in a children’s hospital setting. As PI or co-Investigator on several private foundation funded- and federally-funded grants, he laid the groundwork for the proposed research by developing effective means to educate providers at all levels about ways to improve care for Children. Dr. Kennedy successfully administered the projects, collaborated with other researchers, and produced several peer-reviewed publications from each project. As a result of these previous experiences, he is aware of the importance of frequent communication among project members, as well as the importance of a realistic research plan, timeline, and budget. B. Positions and Honors 1996-1999 Fellowship Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, 1999-Present Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, 1999-Present Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2000-2011 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO 2007-Present Co-Director of Center for Excellence in Pediatric Resuscitation, Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2013-Present Research Director for Simulation, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO Honors 2002-06 Faculty Educator of the Year Award, Truman Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program 2011 APLS Lifetime Achievement National Award for Pediatric Resuscitation, American Academy Pediatrics C. Contributions to Science Pediatric Emergency Attending Physician. As an attending physician in a high volume pediatric emergency department Dr. Kennedy has cared for thousands of injured, assaulted, and critically ill children and their families. I am committed to improving the lives of children and stopping the cycle of violence. To address this issue, I served as Co-PI on a grant to start the first universal screening program for intimate partner violence in a children’s hospital setting. This federally funded initiative laid the groundwork to provide the education and screening that has resulted in a 300% increase in the referral for services and placement in domestic violence shelters. Research products: (1) Dowd, MD, Kennedy C, Knapp JF. Mothers’ and health care providers’ perspectives on screening for intimate partner violence in a pediatric emergency department. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2002 Aug;159(8):794-9. PMID:12144370; (2) Knapp JF, Dowd MD, Kennedy CS, Stallbaumer-Rouyer J., Henderson D. Evaluation of a Curriculum for Intimate Partner Violence Screening in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatrics. 2006 Jan;117(1):110-6. PMID:16396867. Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Referral Center Attending Physician. As an attending physician in a level 1 trauma referral center for pediatric trauma in Kansas City. Dr. Kennedy has seen how providers in both the tertiary care and community hospital struggle to provide the best care for children. To address this issue, he co-founded an onsite high fidelity simulation program—the Center for Excellence in Pediatric Resuscitation. This program focuses on the development of highly reliable team skills and preparation to care for critically ill children. This work led to my leading role in an international collaboration. I currently serve as the US-PI for an international team of investigators developing evaluation tools to improve function of both providers and facilities in community hospitals. This work also led to the development of the Field Assessment Conditioning Tool (FACT). Research products: (1) MacKinnon RJ, Kennedy C, Doherty C, et al. Fitness for purpose study of the Field Assessment Conditioning Tool (FACT): a research protocol. BMJ Open 2015;5:e006386. PMCID:PMC4401849; (2) Marken P, Zimmerman C, Kennedy C, Schremmer R, Smith KV. Human Simulators and Standardized Patients to Teach Difficult Conversations to Interprofessional Health Care Teams. Am J Pharm Edu. 2010 Sep 10;74(7):120. PMCID:PMC2972514. Current Simulation-Based Research. Dr. Kennedy currently is currently conducting simulation-based research to identify provider errors in child abuse recognition and improve the Basic Life Support recertification. He has experience in intimate partner violence screening, injury prevention, trauma and emergency department ultrasound, foreign languages and diversity, and patient simulation. Research products: 1) Ahluwalia T, Toy S, Kennedy C (February 19, 2019) Use of Cognitive Task Analysis to Understand Decision-making for Management of Blunt Abdominal Trauma in Children. Cureus 11(2): e4095. DOI 10.7759/cureus.4095 (2) Anderst JD, Moffatt M, Nielsen M, Frazier TN, Kennedy C. Using simulation to identify sources of medical diagnostic error in child physical abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2016 Feb;52:62-9. PMID:26779947; 3) Reed DJ, Hermelin RL, Kennedy CS, Sharma J. Multidisciplinary on-site team-based simulation training in the neonatal intensive care unit: a pilot report. J Perinatol. 2017 Apr;37(4):461-464 4) Doughty, C; Kessler D, Zuckerbraun N, Stone, K, Reid J, Kennedy, C, Nypaver M, Auerbach, M. Simulation in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowships, Pediatrics, 2015 2015 Jul;136(1):e152-8. 5) Falgiani,T, Kennedy, C and Jahnke, S "Exploration of the Barriers and Education Needs of Non-Pediatric Hospital Emergency Department Providers in Pediatric Trauma Care," International Journal of Clinical Medicine. Vol. 5 No. 2, 2014, pp. 56-62; D. Additional Information: Related Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance Research Support EMSC 0140210-1 Dowd (PI) 2004-2007Intimate Partner Violence Education and Protocol: A Model for the Child-Centered Visit Dr. Kennedy’s team developed, piloted and implemented an educational and screening program to assess for domestic violence, and investigated the impact of this program. The universal screening program that was funded continues today and has been implemented in all clinical areas of a children’s hospital. Over one million visits have been screened to date Role: Co-PI

Normaliz Rodriguez

I am a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Simulation Fellow at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. My passion for simulation began while I was working at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. There I became involved with simulation education, teaching residents, nurses and families. With the help of an incredible mentor, I created the Simulation Discharge Planning Committee and was the Director of the Simulation-based Discharge Program. During the programs development we spoke with a physician who was doing similar work at Texas Children’s. She shared all of her materials with us as well as her experience with developing a similar educational program. I subsequently won the Partnership Award from the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care for my collaboration with the Family Advisory Council on the design and implementation of an innovative program to improve tracheostomy care education for patients and their families. This was my first INSPIRE experience. Generous mentorship and collaboration with the goal of improving patient care. I then started my fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Minnesota where I was mentored by two other INSPIRE members. That year I attended my first INSPIRE meeting and observed the ALERT presentations where I truly appreciated the potential for mentorship. I especially recall a session in which top simulation specialists from around the world discussed “lessons learned” from their career with regards to research, program development and other experiences. Everyone I met was approachable, invested and believed in the mission of INSPIRE. A mission I knew I wanted to be a part of. I presented an ALERT the following year and used the feedback I received to develop my fellowship project, “Development and Pilot of a simulation-based mastery learning curriculum for caregivers of children with gastrostomy tubes: improving knowledge, comfort and skill.” I once again attended during my third year where I reached out to several INSPIRE members at the conference and asked them for advice concerning applying for a simulation fellowship. They were more than generous with their time. Their advice was crucial and I am now in simulation fellowship. INSPIRE and its members have paved the way and mentored me throughout most of my career in simulation. I am nominating myself for the Executive Board with the goal of continuing to pave the way and mentor others, primarily those in the Latino community both in the United States and abroad. I hope to continue this incredible culture of collaboration and mentorship, expanding it to Latin America and advocating for the continued inclusion of diverse groups, from around the world. Aligning this with INSPIRE’s mission of improving the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to resuscitation, technical skills, behavioral skills, debriefing and simulation-based education. Advocating for the development of content in a language the recipients understand, by translating materials and promoting their inclusion. This includes expanding telesimulation, considering specific travel grants to educators in these countries, and making available translations of our content in various languages.
Normaliz Rodriguez, MD, FAAP is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician. Originally from Miami, Florida, she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Miami. Dr. Rodriguez earned her medical degree at Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico in 2012 and completed her Pediatric Residency training at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus in 2015. She went on to work as an Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and Komansky Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez then complete her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Minnesota in 2020 and as in now a Medical Simulation Fellow and The Center Medical Simulation and Innovation John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. As the daughter of Cuban immigrants, she is also passionate about minority and bilingual inclusion. Advocating for broad language access services and creating educational content in various languages, to assure language and cultural equity in simulation-based education.

Wendy Van Ittersum

I am a pediatric hospitalist who caught the simulation bug as a chief resident and have been involved in simulation for 15 years. I’ve had the amazing fortune to be with INSPIRE since its inception, growing professionally alongside and within this organization. The INSPIRE community is collaborative and supportive in ways that are rare in both medicine and research, and it has helped shape my career in simulation. As I continue to participate in projects within INSPIRE, my membership on the Scientific Review Committee during the last two years has allowed me to contribute in new ways and deepen my appreciation for the diverse talents within our group. Now I seek a seat on the Executive Board to further contribute to our organization’s evolution. INSPIRE is at an exciting developmental milestone, and I would be honored to help shape these critical next steps. I believe one way to achieve this is to foster meaningful engagement of non-traditional investigators. Medicine is a multi-disciplinary venue and often our simulation work reflects that. I believe INSPIRE can further explore new ways to engage non-physicians as simulation researchers. The perspective from varied disciplines can help our community identify new challenges and solutions that simulation can solve. I look forward to helping lead INSPIRE in any capacity that I can.
Simulation-based medical education has been a major part of my career since chief residency. Medical simulation goes far beyond providing a safe setting in which to gain skills; it is used and has demonstrated benefit in refining practices to detect latent safety threats in real patient settings, debriefing live clinical events, and translating practices from the simulation lab to the bedside. This evolution in the body of simulation work to impact patient care and outcomes drives my passion for the field; as practitioners we realize we have to do better and simulation provides an effective avenue for actualization. Early in my career, the INSPIRE Network gave me opportunities to gain skills in research protocol development and project management, as well as my first experiences as part of a research team. A job transition six years ago allowed me to more fully focus my energy on simulation broadly and simulation-based research specifically. Prior to this employment change, through simulation and in my role as medical director of the committee which assessed pediatric in-hospital emergencies, I was already working on strategies to improve the early response to in-hospital emergencies, giving me several years of familiarity with published methods to address this issue. I am an early-adopter of the RCDP methodology, a novel teaching strategy in simulation built on the proven concept of deliberate practice to gain skill mastery. I received training in 2015 from the RCDP developers and am in the process of completing manuscripts on 2 projects utilizing RCDP. These previous experiences gave me insight into the unique challenges of research surrounding teams and the need for clarity of purpose and attention to detail. I am constructing a body of work focused around team effectiveness to improve patient outcomes. My interest in team effectiveness has been expanding recently to healthcare burnout and its impact on teams, individuals, and ultimately patients. The opportunities for simulation to provide a forum to build resiliency and lessen burnout are unexplored. The participation of Akron Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Residency Burnout-Resiliency Study Consortium (PRB-RSC), a collaboration between pediatric residency programs across the country, has allowed me to forge a relationship with this group who is similarly eager to assess simulation’s potential to improve burnout. My unique position as an active INSPIRE member and a PRB-RSC collaborator provides a chance to trial the findings of this new line of research. My ongoing commitment to simulation and improved performance drives my work to realize effective strategies at skill acquisition and maintenance.

T. Bram Welch-Horan

I believe wholeheartedly in the power of simulation and debriefing to transform our efforts as healthcare workers, educators, and improvers of patient care. I feel that more than any other organization, INSPIRE has harnessed the social energy of people in order to translate the power of ideas into practical innovations that can change the lives of ill and injured children worldwide. My affinity for simulation arose because of an interest in becoming better prepared for high-stakes events such as cardiac arrest. As a pediatric emergency physician in an academic medical center, I still use it in this capacity. However, largely through my involvement in INSPIRE over the past 6 years, I have begun to see simulation and debriefing as a tool (whether via teaching, research, or quality improvement) to actually transform the ways in which we think, communicate, and problem solve within healthcare. My particular interests at the present time include using clinical event debriefing to drive quality improvement and education efforts, and finding ways to enhance the synergy between translational simulation and clinical event debriefing, and I am grateful to INSPIRE for helping to motivate me in both of these efforts. Through this organization, I have become involved in a vibrant, interprofessional, global community that has helped shape and accelerate my career development. I hope that as a member of the Executive Board, I would be better able to help the organization play such a role for a growing number of colleagues around the world, and to help INSPIRE continue to innovate in terms of the ways it accelerates research and education that enhance pediatric care. As a board member, one of my hopes would be to further develop INSPIRE’s role in virtual communities of practice, such as through the use of social media to aid professional development across the many disciplines touched by simulation, and the use of online platforms to drive scholarly activity.
Bram Welch-Horan (@DrBramPedsER; [email protected]) is Director of Simulation for the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, TX, USA. He is an attending physician in the Emergency Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, where his clinical and teaching activities cut across three hospital campuses, including a quaternary children’s hospital, as well as two free-standing community children’s hospital sites. After attending medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, he completed a residency in pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center, and subsequently a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Texas Children’s. He has received additional simulation training through the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, MA, USA, and has been selected as a faculty member for upcoming courses in clinical event debriefing provided by The Debriefing Academy in Calgary, AB, Canada. His interests include deliberate practice as a foundation for expertise, team-based simulation for teaching resuscitation, and clinical event debriefing as a driver of quality improvement and education. Since 2020, he has been the leader and co-creator of a hospital-wide clinical debriefing initiative at Texas Children’s; he is also involved with other efforts relating to CPR quality, training of simulation instructors, and use of simulation for onboarding of clinical faculty.

Hilary Woodward

As a Certified Child Life Specialist, I am passionate about using simulation to improve pediatric patient- and family-centered care, break down silos (particularly between medical & psychosocial professionals), and educate prospective & current child life specialists. I currently hold leadership roles in interprofessional simulation programs in pediatric emergency medicine, and I have previously held leadership roles within the Association of Child Life Professionals. Since joining INSPIRE in 2016, I've seen how well the organization meets its goal of promoting collaboration. From my first meeting, I've felt welcomed into the network, and members have provided invaluable feedback & expertise that has greatly impacted the course of my simulation work. I see opportunity for INSPIRE to continue growing its interprofessional membership, and I hope to support efforts to bring in new members from professional communities currently underrepresented in INSPIRE (including, but not limited to, my own child life community). I am very excited about INSPIRE's recent work on diversity & equity and distance/virtual simulation. These efforts align well with my experience incorporating structural competency in simulation and piloting distance simulations for child life specialists, physicians & nurses. I hope to assist with the continued growth of these vital initiatives as a member of INSPIRE’s executive board.
Hilary Woodward, MS, CCLS is a child life specialist working in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Bank Street College of Education and founder & director of the child life program at BASE Camp, a simulation-based training program in pediatric emergency medicine for physicians, nurses, and child life specialists. Hilary’s professional interests include simulation, interprofessional education & collaboration, and pediatric pain management; she has published and presented her work locally, nationally & internationally. Hilary has served as a subject matter expert & item writer for the Child Life Certification Commission, and she is a past chair of the Association of Child Life Professionals' Mentor Program.

Junior Director Nominations

Ryan Fredericks

Dr. Fredericks is a pediatric critical care physician at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (Lexington, KY, USA) where he serves as the Medical Director of Pediatric Simulation, and is also a current fellow in medical simulation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, OH, USA). He is a strong proponent for multidisciplinary simulation-based medical education and care team training, utilizing quality improvement methodologies to optimize clinical workflows and care processes with a goal of advancing pediatric patient care. He joined INSPIRE in 2019 and is a core member of the INSPIRE Novice Simulation Research Committee that designed, implemented, and analyzed the recent INSPIRE Needs Assessment Survey. His vision for INSPIRE is to develop a centralized and up-to-date repository of funding sources and pediatric simulation resources, create an online forum of pediatric simulation research projects to enhance regional and international collaboration, provide more frequent and meaningful opportunities for both mentorship and research project feedback, and promote evidence-based simulation through regularly-scheduled, virtual workshops.
Dr. Fredericks is a board-certified pediatric critical care physician at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, having joined the pediatric critical care faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2020 after completing his fellowship training at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is a current fellow in medical simulation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center under the mentorship and directorship of Dr. Gary Geis with a focus on simulation curriculum development and implementation, the use and validation of simulation assessment tools, debriefing theory and practice, and simulation center business administration. These skills have been paramount to his new role at Kentucky Children’s Hospital where he was recently appointed Medical Director of Pediatric Simulation where he designed curriculum around new workflows and processes including an early-identification of pediatric sepsis initiative and a pediatric cardiac arrest prevention program. He is currently developing a multidisciplinary quality improvement and simulation-based curriculum as his fellowship project to evaluate performance metrics and team-based skills of pediatric rapid response teams (RRTs) in situ at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. He previously conducted grant-funded simulation research during his critical care fellowship evaluating resident management of pediatric severe sepsis (“Effectiveness of a Multimodal Curriculum on Improving Pediatric Resident Competency in the Guideline-Based Management of Pediatric Severe Sepsis”), resulting in a multimodal curricular redesign. He served on numerous education, simulation, and research committees throughout his graduate and post-graduate career, and spearheaded the implementation of simulation-based medical education for pediatric residents both at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. He joined the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education (INSPIRE) in 2019, serving as a core member of the INSPIRE Novice Simulation Research Committee since January 2020 and co-developer of the INSPIRE Needs Assessment Survey distributed in October 2020. With his background in simulation-based medical education and involvement in analyzing the INSPIRE Needs Assessment data, Dr. Fredericks is uniquely poised to help guide INSPIRE to meet its members’ needs through increasing transparency of funding sources in a centralized repository, providing enhanced mentorship opportunities, and promoting evidence-based simulation through educational workshops. B. Positions and Honors Positions and Employment 2014 – 2017 Residency, Pediatrics, Yale-New Haven Hospital 2017 – 2020 Fellowship, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2020 – current Fellowship, Medical Simulation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 2020 – current Assistant Professor and Attending Physician, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine 2020 – current Medical Director, Pediatric Simulation, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine Honors and Awards 2005 St. Dominic Scholarship, Providence College 2008 Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, Providence College 2009 Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society, Providence College 2010 Sigma Xi Honor Society, Providence college 2010 Summa cum laude, Providence College 2010 Highest in Biology Concentration, Providence College 2010 Rural Health Scholar, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth 2019 Abstract Achievement Award, American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting 2020 Third-Year Fellow Poster Winner, Children’s Hospital Colorado Translational Research Spring Poster Session Other Professional Experiences and Memberships *focused on clinical and educational areas 2011 – present Fellow of the AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Section of Critical Care 2014 – 2017 Member, Pediatric Resident Research Approval Board, Yale-New Haven Hospital 2016 – 2017 Member, Program Evaluation Committee, Yale-New Haven Hospital 2017 – present Fellow Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Pediatrics Section 2018 – 2020 Member, PICU Resident Education Committee, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2018 – 2020 Member, Resident Simulation Curriculum Committee, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2018 – 2020 Member, PICU Simulation Steering Committee, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2019 – 2020 Fellow Research Liaison, Committee on Fellow Education, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2019 – 2020 Member, PICU Pain & Sedation Workgroup, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2019 – 2020 Member, PICU Morbidity and Mortality Committee, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2019 – present Member, International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education (INSPIRE) 2020 – present Member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) 2020 – present Core Member, INSPIRE Novice Simulation Research Committee 2020 – present Member, ECMO Team, Kentucky Children’s Hospital 2020 – present Member, Pediatric Mortality Committee, Kentucky Children’s Hospital 2020 – present Member, PICU Epic Implementation Group, Kentucky Children’s Hospital 2020 – present Facilitator/Leader/Curriculum Designer Pediatric Mock Code Program, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Resident Simulated Procedural Training, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sepsis Huddle Initiative Simulations, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Prevention Simulations, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric ECMO Simulations, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Rapid Response Team Simulations, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Transition to Residency Simulations, University of Kentucky College of Medicine 2021 – present Member, Pediatric Resuscitation Committee, Kentucky Children’s Hospital C. Peer-Reviewed Publications (in chronological order) *reflects trainee at the time 1. White LJ, Fredericks R, Mannarino CN, Janofsky S, Faustino EV. Epidemiology of Bleeding in Critically Ill Children. J Pediatr. 2017 May; 184:114-119.e6. PMID: 28185627. 2. Fredericks RM, Wang GS, Vohwinkel CU, Graham JK. An Unusual Case of Severe Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis in a 3-year-old Girl. Pediatr Rev. 2021 Jan;42(Suppl 1):S46-S51. PMID: 333386361. D. Research Support (ongoing and recently completed projects) Prior Research Grants: Title: “Effectiveness of a Multimodal Curriculum on Improving Pediatric Resident Competency in the Guideline-Based Management of Pediatric Severe Sepsis” Western Association of Pediatric Program Directors Research Grant 7/1/2019 – 7/1/2020 $1,000 Effort: 14 Calendar months Principal Investigator: Ryan M. Fredericks Mentor: Angela S. Czaja

Michael Wagner

Throughout my career in the field of simulation and research, I was able to learn a lot from collaborating, networking, and discussing research objectives with numerous people from INSPIRE but also with specialists in other disciplines (psychology, applied sciences). Those interactions and collaborations helped me to build and strengthen my research focus in the field of pediatric simulation-based training. My research focuses on improving pediatric and neonatal resuscitation as well as patient safety, cognitive behavior and on innovative future training. In terms of simulation training, I am interested in introducing and evaluating new teaching practices. Regarding this, I implemented a student peer-teaching simulation training as well as an interprofessional simulation training with medical and nursing students at our University and my vision is to use this knowledge to help expand these projects to other simulation centers. I would like to serve as a liaison between INSPIRE and the simulation (research) network in the European region, but also for connecting with other specialists and disciplines. With my colleagues from the Netzwerk Kindersimulation we already evaluated and published the status quo of simulation-based training in our regions and we recognized the wish of people involved in simulation to join research projects, but not having the possibilities to do so. Furthermore, in a collaboration with IPSS and INSPIRE we published a manuscript on pediatric simulation during the COVID-19 pandemic. I would also like to serve as a mentor for other young investigators. Therefore, I would be happy to serve as an INSPIRE junior executive board member.
I am a pediatric consultant at the Division of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Since 2014 I have also been head of the Pediatric Simulation Training Center, which provides simulation courses in neonatal and pediatric medicine for students, physicians, midwives, parents, and nurses. I am a founding and chair member of “Netzwerk Kindersimulation”, a network dedicated to develop standards for simulation-based training and education in the German-speaking European region and the „Pediatric Simulation and Patient Safety Task Force“ in Austria. I have been involved with IPSS and INSPIRE since 2014 and regularly attended the conferences and meetings.