June 17, 2013By Lance Baily

International Pediatric Simulation Society Presidential Interview


HealthStream sponsored HealthySim’s attendance to the 5th annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop, where I had an opportunity to interview newly appointed President, Dr. David Grant. You can watch the video recap of the IPSSW event including snippets from Dr. Grant’s interview by reading part 1 and part 2 of my event coverage, as well as learn more about HealthStream’s SimManager platform that was on display. Below is the complete interview with Dr. Grant about IPSS, the organization which runs IPSSW, and why an international Pediatric Simulation Organization and event were created.

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David explained that “Although there are simulation societies in the US and other parts of the world, what our pediatric simulation colleagues found was that their membership and organizations are so much about adult practice, and so we felt that there were very few elements that dealt specifically with our pediatric needs.”

I agreed with Dr. Grant that because cases of childhood illness or trauma were rare in pediatric education – simulation could really fill the gap of learning opportunities. David added “Yes so it’s this idea of critical-mass volume, and so the high-risk low volume events is exactly what a lot of our simulation programs evolved around. When I trained, it was acceptable for people to learn on patients, and so through simulation education (and changes in medical education and nursing practices and training), we are trying to move that learning curve and expertise further away from the patient so that we have those learning experiences in a simulated patient environment rather than a clinical patient. Watch the video above for more great information.

You can learn more about the International Pediatric Simulation Society by visiting their website at http://www.ipedsim.com. Special thanks to HealthStream for sponsoring both the IPSSW event and the coverage by HealthySimulation.com!

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