December 2, 2014By Lance Baily

INSPIRE – International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education : Free Support Community

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Today an introduction to INSPIRE: International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education, a free resource and support group for healthcare simulation champions looking to improve patient care outcomes. This is an incredible resource and should be shared as much as possible! Connect with these groups at IMSH or IPSSW in 2015.


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The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education is a rapidly growing, open research network designed to connect and mentor experts and novices across the world in answering important questions on pediatric care through the use of simulation. The INSPIRE Network formed in 2011 from a large group of simulation-based researchers from a variety of disciplines and specialties looking to improve collaboration, mentorship, and productivity.  We merged two large-scale research networks, EXPRESS and POISE, into INSPIRE in 2011.  We are not a formal academic society; rather, we are a bottom-up, grassroots organization that has formed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing landscape of pediatric simulation research.

As of March 13, 2014, INSPIRE maintains an active membership of over 500 simulation enthusiasts across the world in over 26 countries.  We represent the disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health, pre-hospital care, psychology, engineering, public health, and education.  Although a large number of us work in pediatrics and related pediatric subspecialties, we also have non-healthcare members and those in other medical specialties – including emergency medicine, obstetrics / gynecology, and surgery.  There are no membership fees or ceremonies. We simply want to do good research and outreach and to help others do the same.  Joining is free, and anyone with study ideas looking for guidance or additional sites, or simply an interest in joining a study is welcome to join by emailing us. We do have centralized processes to review study ideas and provide feedback and/or support.

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INSPIRE Executive Team:

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  • Adam Cheng, MD (Alberta Health Services – Alberta, Canada) Co-Chair
  • Marc Auerbach, MD MSci (Yale University – New Haven, CT) Senior Co-Chair
  • Betsy Hunt, MD MPH PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Senior Co-Chair
  • David O Kessler, MD MSci (Columbia University – New York, NY) Research Chair
  • Ralph MacKinnon, MD (Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Manchester, England) International Chair
  • Vinay Nadkarni, MD MS (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA) Senior Co-Chair
  • Martin V Pusic, MD PhD (New York University – New York, NY)
  • Karambir Singh, MD MPH (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD)
  • Jordan Duval-Arnould, PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Co-director of Technology
  • Todd P Chang, MD MAcM (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA) Co-director of Technology

INSPIRE Vision:  Improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioural skills, and simulation-based education.


  1. Identify consensus research priorities
  2. Facilitate single and multicenter research projects
  3. Build expertise and knowledge
  4. Provide mentorship for new / novice investigators
  5. Promote an International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education

Are you headed to IMSH or IPSSW 2015 events?

An INSPIRE @ IMSH or INSPIRE @ IPSSW takes an entire day, in which multiple ALERT presentations of varying different stages of development – some studies barely in the brainstorming phase, and others already completing and looking for the next steps – will get presented.  The focus of the meetings, though, is less about the presentations, and more about active participations.  We devote over 60% of the meeting time for your projects.  We divide up into small teams, gather experts, allow networking, and generally develop your projects forward.

Learn more by downloading the INSPIRE 2014 Organizational report and then connect at !

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