Welcome to the IPSS-Pediatric Simulation Fellowship! 

Our goal is to build future leaders in pediatric simulation. This fellowship is intended for the novice simulation-enthusiast with an interest in pediatric simulation-based research and education. We are excited to welcome a diverse group of fellows and organizers to our team. If you are interested in becoming a fellow or if you are interested in joining our organizing team, please feel free to reach out to us. 

Isabel T Gross, MD PhD MPH

Founding Chair of the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship


FELLOWSHIP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Isabel T Gross, MD PhD MPH – Yale University, CT, USA

Dr. Isabel Theresia Gross is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at Yale University School of Medicine. She is the Chair of the Scientific Review Committee of the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education (INSPIRE), is on the executive board of INSPIRE, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS). Dr. Gross is an established simulation-based researcher and research mentor for her international colleagues. Her simulation-based research focus is on distance simulation, international outreach simulations, and the explorations of new methods and technologies in simulation-based education. Reach out to: [email protected]

Khang Hee Gan, MD – Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, NZ

Geethanjali Ramachandra, MBBS, MRCP – Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Secunderabad, India

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Akira Nishisaki, MD MSCE – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Mark D Adler, MD – Northwestern University, IN, USA
  • Vinay M Nadkarni, MD – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Jonathan P Duff, MD – University of Alberta, Canada
  • Taylor L Sawyer, DO – Seattle Children’s Hospital, WA, USA
  • Lou Halamek, MD – Stanford University, CA, USA

FOUNDING CHAIRS:

  • Isabel T Gross, MD PhD MPH – Yale University, CT, USA
  • Jo Hegarty, MD – Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Trish Wood – Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

Mission & Vision
The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) and the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) promote multi-disciplinary simulation and simulation scholarship in all healthcare subspecialties that treat infants and children. IPSS is a global community of pediatricians, neonatologists, pediatric nurses, educators, and other allied health professionals from over 30 countries, all dedicated to improving the care of infants and children worldwide through multi-disciplinary simulation-based education, training, and research. INSPIRE is a global community of simulation experts, clinicians, educators, investigators, statisticians, human factors researchers, and psychologists who share a common mission of improving the lives of children through healthcare simulation-based research, scholarship, and innovation. The IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship was created to support early career investigators in simulation, exposing them to simulation related experiences and mentorship to broaden horizons, and promote excellence in education and investigative research.
Overview
An IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellow is based at a home institution where most of their simulation activities are conducted. Each fellow will be assigned two simulation mentors (one local mentor + one international mentor OR two international mentors, depending on the availability of local simulation expertise) to expand and enrich their learning experience. Both mentors will work together during the course of the fellowship. Applications to the fellowship must include a motivational statement, research proposal and an individualized development plan. These will be reviewed by the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Committee. The project idea will be presented at an IPSSW meeting in the form of an initial ALERT presentation during the INSPIRE meeting. ALERT presentations are brief 5-minute presentations followed by a round table discussion that serves as a platform to network as well as an opportunity to receive high quality feedback from simulation leaders on the project before launching it. The fellow will also submit a brief quarterly project progress report to the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Committee. The fellowship will be concluded with a research presentation at the following IPSSW meeting.
As part of the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, the fellows will meet every two months using an online meeting platform for networking and to exchange experiences.
Funding
Due to a generous donation to INSPIRE, funding for the fellowship expenses is available by special application. Funding can be used for project, career development, and travel related expenses, provided that the expense can clearly be associated with the fellow’s career development in pediatric simulation scholarship. Applying for funding requires a 1-page itemized budget detailing how funds will be used accompanied by a budget justification no more than 1 page in length describing how this will directly contribute to the completion of the fellow’s research project and their development as a pediatric simulation scholar. Up to $10,000 can be requested per fellow. If awarded, funds not used by the applicant before the end of the fellowship will revert to INSPIRE. Application for funding can be made along with the primary application. Modifications to the request for funds will be considered on a case- by-case basis.


HOW TO APPLY

The application submission window for the 2021 class of fellows is now closed.  

Download the 2021 Application Packet to prepare for submissions in early 2022.


CURRENT FELLOWS

Class of 2020-2021

Reinis Balmaks, MD

Dr. Balmaks is an assistant professor in pediatric critical care at Riga Stradins University in Latvia. During his fellowship, he is using Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice to improve the care for pediatric patients with sepsis. Mentors: Akira Nishisaki, MD MSCE - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA Isabel T Gross, MD PhD MPH - Yale University, CT, USA

Mohammad Bayoumi, MD

Dr. Bayoumi is a Neonatologist at Hamad Medical Corporation, Women's Wellness and Research Centre, Doha, Qatar. His research interest is in Endotracheal intubation in interprofessional neonatal emergencies. Mentor: Lou Halamek, MD - Stanford University, CA, USA

Ebor Jacob James, MD

Dr. Jacob James is a Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Christian Medical College Hospital Vellore, India. He is assessing the impact of simulation-based resuscitation training on pediatric outcomes and quality of resuscitation by pediatric cardiac arrest team in a tertiary care center. Mentors: Vinay M Nadkarni, MD - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA Geethanjali Ramachandra, MBBS, MRCP - Krishna Institute of Medical Science, Secunderabad, India

Sobana Jaiganesh, MD

Dr. Jaiganesh is an associate professor of physiology at the AIMST University Bedong, Malaysia. During her fellowship, she is focusing on a low-cost alternate to teach cardiorespiratory auscultation skills. Mentors: Mark D Adler, MD - Northwestern University, IN, USA Jonathan P Duff, MD - University of Alberta, Canada

PAST FELLOWS

Class of 2019-2020

Khang Hee Gan, MD

Dr. Hee Gan is a pediatric emergency medicine and simulation fellow at Starship Children’s Hospital, New Zealand. His research focus was on simulation-based pediatric airway assessment and management. After the completion of his IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, he joined the fellowship organizing committee and is running for the co-chair position. Mentors: Michael Sheperd, MD - Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand Akira Nishisaki, MD MSCE - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA

Sharon Mascarenhas

Sharon Mascarenhas is a simulation educator at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During her IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, she assessed simulation-based training to identify and manage child abuse in the United Arab Emirates. Mentor: Mark D Adler, MD - Northwestern University, IN, USA

Suzanne Nelson

Suzanne Nelson is a simulation specialist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. During her IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, she assessed simulation-based teaching methodologies on pediatric trauma care. Mentors: Samreen Vora, MD, Children's Minnesota Hospital, MD, USA Marc Auerbach, MD MSc, Yale University, CT, USA

Class of 2018-2019

Geethanjali Ramachandra, MBBS, MRCP

Dr. Ramachandra is a pediatric critical care physician at Krishna Institute of Medical Science, Secunderabad, India was the first IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellow. During her fellowship, she visited international simulation sites and has since been able to establish herself as an internationally respected simulation-based researcher and educator. She is also now one of the incoming chairs of the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship.