IPSS-INSPIRE 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. The fellowship is open to allied health care workers, nurses, doctors, and all health care professionals who wish to become leaders in simulation. 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. 

IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship

IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Application

The application window for the 2024-2026 cohort is now closed. Please check back November 2024 for the next application cycle. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

Application Process

  1. Access the application documents from the previous year to get an idea of the requirements. Please note, the application requirements are subject to change. – Application Checklist and IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship Project, Budget, & Mentor Document 2024-2026
  2. Read through all documents completely. Gather and complete all IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Application documents.
  3. When all items are ready, you will submit application via Survey Monkey.
  4. IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Committee will review all applications and notify all candidates with results before the end of April.
  5. The fellowship will begin in June each year and concludes in May two years later upon completion of all required documents.


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.


An IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellow is based at a home institution where most of its simulation activities are conducted. The duration of the fellowship is 2 years. Each fellow will be assigned at least two simulation mentors and one local mentor to expand and enrich the learning experience. Mentors will work together during the course of the fellowship. Applications to the fellowship must be complete and include all items listed on the application checklist. Applications will be reviewed by the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Committee. If accepted into the fellowship, the project idea will be presented at an INSPIRE meeting in the form of an initial ALERT presentation during the INSPIRE Virtual 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 logbook and present a progress report at the Mentor-Mentor Fellowship Committee meeting which occurs every other month. Completion of the fellowship is contingent on presenting your research at an IPSSW meeting and the submission of the complete logbook, summary of learnings, research project, and reflection. As part of the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, the fellows will meet every other month using an online meeting platform for networking and to exchange experiences.


Advisory Committee Chair

Nancy Tofil, MD – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Associate Chair

Jabeen Fayyaz, MD FCPS, MCPS, DCH, MHPE, PhD – The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, CA

Associate Chair

Normaliz Rodriguez, MD – Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, US


  • Advisory Committee Chair – Nancy Tofil, MD – University Of Alabama At Birmingham, US
  • Associate Chair – Jabeen Fayyaz, MD –¬†Hospital for Sick Children, CA
  • Associate Chair – Normaliz Rodriguez, MD – Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, US
  • Mark D Adler, MD – Northwestern University, US
  • Aaron Calhoun, MD – University of Louisville, US
  • Jonathan P Duff, MD – University of Alberta, Canada
  • Isabel Gross, MD – Yale School of Medicine, US
  • Khang Hee Gan, MD Starship Children’s Hospital, NZVinay M Nadkarni, MD – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, US
  • Akira Nishisaki, MD MSCE – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, US
  • Geethanajli Ramachandra, MD – Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Secunderabad, IN

Founding Chairs

  • Isabel Gross, MD 
  • Jo Hegarty, MD 
  • Trish Wood

Past Fellowship Organizing Committee

  • Adam Cheng, MD 
  • Lou Halamek, MD
  • Jo Hegarty, MD 
  • Taylor Sawyer, MD 
  • Kim Stone, MD 
  • Trish Wood 


2023 – 2025

Sidra Ishaque, MD

Assistant Professor

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan

Jaun Pablo Jaldin, MD

Pediatric Simulation Fellow

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia , United States

Adeel Khatri, MD

Residency Program Director

Indus Hospital and Health Network, Pakistan

Susan Zakariah, MD

Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Fellow

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana


2021 – 2023

  • Katharina Bibl, MD (Austria) 
    • Mentors: Isabel Gross, MD, Akira Nishisaki,
  • Vijayanand Jamalpuri, MD (India) 
    • Mentors: Vinay Nadkarni, MD, Mark Adler, MD 
  • Daniel Orqueda, MD (Argentina) 
    • Mentors: Ellen Deutsch, MD, Cara Doughty, MD  
  • Mahima Singh, MD (India) 
    • Mentors: Aaron Calhoun, MD, Nancy Tofil, MD 


2020 – 2021

  • Reinis Balmaks, MD (Latvia) 
    • Mentors: Isabel Gross, MD, Akira Nishisaki, MD 
  • Mohammad Bayoumi, MD (Saudi Arabia) 
    • Mentor: Lou Halamek, MD 
  • Sobana Jaiganesh, MD (Malaysia) 
    • Mentors: Mark Adler, MD, Jonathan Duff, MD 
  • Ebor Jacob James, MD (India) 
    • Mentors: Geethanajli Ramachandra, MD, Vinay Nadkarni, MD

2019 – 2020

  • Khang Hee Gan, MD (New Zealand) 
    • Mentors: Mike Shepherd, MD, Akira Nishisaki, MD 
  • Sharon Mascarenhas (United Arabic Emirates) 
    • Mentors: Mohamed Nasaif, MD, Mark Adler, MD 
  • Suzanne Nelson, MD (United States of America) 
    • Mentors: Samreen Vora, MD, Marc Auerbach, MD 

2018 – 2019

  • Geethanjali Ramachandra, MD (India) 
    • Mentor: Vinay Nadkarni, MD