Oral Themed Presentation


Oral Themed 3: QI, Systems Evaluation & Safety II

13:00 - 14:30
Location: Neptune 1&2


Kamal Abulebda, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Riley Children's Hospital, Indiana University School of Medicine

Erin has 10 years of experience in Pediatric Critical Care nursing currently works at IU Health LifeLine Critical Care Transport. She has been involved in outreach and pediatric education with LifeLine in addition to working on transport. Erin has been the coordinator and educator for the pediatric outreach program for Riley Hospital for Children PICU for three years. Erin has assisted collaboration between community EDS and Riley Hospital for Children to help improve the care of children in the state of Indiana through simulation and pediatric readiness.


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Anna Mary. Brough, MBBS. FRCPCH

Consultant General Paediatrician
The Great North Children's Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom


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Staff Anesthesiologist, Associate Professor
Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Dr. Elaine Ng is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She has been involved with simulation-based education for over 10 years. Her interests include team training, in situ simulation, debriefing and patient safety. She is the Lead for Quality and Safety (with Patient Safety focus) on the Simulation Steering Committee at the Hospital for Sick Children.


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Carrie Norwood, BSN, RN

Simulation Nurse Educator
Children's of Alabama

Carrie Norwood BSN, RN, CPN has approximately 10 years’ experience caring for children in the Special Care Unit (an Intermediate Care Unit) at Children’s of Alabama. She has been a member of the Pediatric Simulation Center team for 1 1/2 years. She in the process of completing her coursework for a Masters degree in Health Informatics from the Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham. She lives in Birmingham, AL.


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Poonam Patel

Paediatric Specialist Trainee (SpR)
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital


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Ella Scott, RN, RSCN, Grad Cert-PIC, MA

Senior Simulation Operations Manager
Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar

Ella Scott RN RSCN MA
Registered Nurse, Registered Sick Children’s Nurse with a background in Paediatric Intensive Care and Emergency Nursing
Current Position:
Senior Simulation Operations Manager, Department of Simulation, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar.

Previously worked as the Co-Lead in Simulation for six years across the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in Australia
Prior to this Ella has had extensive clinical experience in general and specialist paediatric nursing including humanitarian work in Sudan, Kenya, Haiti and Afghanistan.
Ella's current position has focused on inception of a hospital wide simulation program and Centre development. Recent projects have included using simulation to activate in patient clinical areas with an international workforce.
Other activities include safe quality care provision within paediatrics and Women’s health through simulation education and research based practice.


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Mary Claire J. Avanis, MBBS FRCA

Anaesthesia Fellow
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Nabila N. Burney

Senior Clinical Fellow, Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
London, England, United Kingdom

Dr Nabila Burney and Dr Poonam Patel are Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. They run regular in in-situ and high fidelity full immersion simulation training for undergraduate and postgraduate doctors and nurses. They have developed and run a sepsis training simulation course and are involved in creating a ketamine sedation training programme involving simulation training.


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Caroline Haines, RN, RSCN, BSc(Nursing), MSc(Child Health), PGDE, DClinP

Consultant - Simulation Specialist & Consultant Nurse PIC / PHDU
Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar. In collaboration with Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, England
Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr Caroline Haines - RN, RSCN, BSc(Nursing) MSc(Child Health), PGDE, DClinP
• Consultant Nurse in Paediatric Intensive / High Dependency Care. Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, England
• Consultant Paediatric Simulation Specialist. Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar. 3-mths in 2017

I am the Consultant Nurse in paediatric intensive and high dependency care at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, England and also clinically lead the Paediatric Critical Care Outreach Team within the hospital.

My role focuses on leadership, education, service development and quality of care provision within acute paediatrics. Education, simulation and research-based practice has always been at the centre of my role and through these interests led me to working with Sidra Medicine to assist them with clinical activation of their in-patient paediatric facilities in 2017.

I am committed to providing high standards and quality evidence-based care to children and families who access acute paediatric services, and in helping others achieve these outcomes.


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Riad Lutfi, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Riley Hopsital For Chidlren at Indiana School of Medicine


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Lyn Scott, BSC hons nursing science

clinical educator
Nectar transport service

Lyn Scott – Clinical Educator for the NECTAR Transport Service since September 2015
I qualified as a nurse in 1995 and worked on a General Paediatric ward until moving to PICU in 2002 for a couple of years but ended up staying for 13years! I have been in my current role since 2015. My interest in simulation developed from attending the 2009 ISPPW Conference in Florence. I am part of a team developing and using simulation across the Great North Childrens Hospital (GNCH) and NECTAR (North East Childrens Transport and Retrieval) . In my spare time I like rugby and am partial to the odd Gin and tonic.


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Lynn Zinkan, BSN, RN, MPH

Simulation Nurse Educator
Children's of Alabama


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Maxim Ben-Yakov, BSc PT MDCM FRCPC (EM, PEM)

Staff Physician Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Hospital for Sick Children & University Health Network, University of Toronto


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Stacy Gaither, BSN, RN

Simulation Research Coordinator
University of Alabama at Birmingham


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David Lazarus, National Diploma in Nursing, Midwifery Community & Psychiatry, Trauma Diploma BSc(Nursing) MBA

Clinical Nurse Manager
Sidra Medicine
Doha, Qatar


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Barbara M. Walsh, CMQ/OE, PMP, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director, In Situ and Mobile Outreach Simulation
Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine
Lexington, Massachusetts

Barbara Walsh is a Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics (PEM) at Boston Medical Center, BU School of Medicine. She started her career at UMASS PED ED where, during her time there she created a simulation program for the community called COMET: community outreach mobile education training. In this program she used simulation to train community providers on better care of critically ill children. This pilot program served as a segue for a multi-institutional collaborative called ImPACTS – Improving Pediatric Acute Care Through Simulation. This group was funded by R Baby, a private foundation, and were able to study and compare the care provider to acutely ill children across a spectrum of EDS (PEM and community). This work has been published in several journals and multiple national and international workshops have been given on this topic. Barbara is part of INSPIRE the international network of simulation-based pediatric innovations in research and education. She is a simulation expert having taken advanced simulation courses at the Center for Medical Simulation in Charlestown, MA program as well as with Laerdal. She was the Director of Pediatric Simulation at UMASS, then the director at Cohens Children’s medical center and currently the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine In Situ and Mobile Simulation. She also is part of the PRIDE group – Pediatric Research In Disaster Education which has created and implemented a pediatric disaster curriculum for prehospital providers as well as created a serious game, 60 seconds to survival. At BMC she is working on creating an outreach network with community sites, community health centers and with local EMS services.


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Suzanne Beno, MD FRCPC

Staff Physician Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Paediatrics
Hospital for Sick Chiidren, University of Toronto


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Liliana Lynch, BSc(Radiography) MSc(CT) PGDHE

Diagnostic Imaging - Educator
Sidra Medicine
Doha, Qatar


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Chrystal Rutledge, MD

Co-Medical Director Pediatric Simulation Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Chrystal Rutledge, MD is assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric critical care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an attending physician in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's of Alabama. She is co-medical director of the pediatric simulation center and program director for the COACHES Program, a community outreach simulation program.


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Travis Whitfill, MPH

Research Scientist
Yale University School of Medicine, CT

Travis Whitfill is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics. His background began in molecular biology and biochemistry, after receiving scientific training at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Duke University. He is the co-founder of several additional startup companies, including a Connecticut-based microbiome company, Azitra Inc. He brings strong background in entrepreneurship and business, and is also a partner in a venture capital fund, Bios Partners, bringing experience in public markets, drug development, and venture capital investments.

His research interests are in pediatric emergency medicine and health policy and to improve pediatric acute care across the United States.


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Isabel T. Gross, MD PhD MPH

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Dr. Gross was born and raised in Germany. She earned her MD and PhD at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany. Thereafter, she started her pediatric residency in Germany and then moved to the United States to complete a pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of South Florida. During residency, she completed an MPH with a concentration on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Dr. Gross is currently a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Yale University School of Medicine. She is the Chair of the Scientific Review Committee of the INSPIRE pediatric research network as well as the Trainee Liaison of the Emergency Medicine Section, Society of Simulation in Healthcare. She has been active in simulation education and research for five years with a focus on community outreach simulations, tele-simulations, and international simulations.


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Cengiz Karsli, BSc MD FRCPC

Staff Anesthesiologist, Associate Professor
Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto


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Nancy Tofil, MD, Med

Co-Medical Director Pediatric Simulation Center
University of Alabama at Birmigham

Nancy Tofil, MD, MEd is a professor of pediatrics in the divsion of pediatric critical care at the University of Alabama at Birmigham. She help found the Pediatric Simulation Center at the Children's of Alabama with the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008. The center which recently celebrated its 50,000 learner, employees 3 full time nurse educators, an office manager and a research coordinator. Learners include students and professions in all health care professions (nursings, physician, respiratory, pharmacy, etc) and also parents whose children require significant home technology including trcheostomies and home ventilators. She is also the division director of Pediatric Critical Care, the Ann McMillian Endowed Chair of Pediatric Critical Care and the Associate Pediatric Program Director.


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Kellie Leeper, RT

Critical Care Transport Respiratory Therapist
LifeLine Critical Care Tranposrt at Indiana University Health


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Erin Montgomery, RN

Critical Care Transport Nurse
LifeLine Critical Care Transport at Indiana University Health


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Melinda Fiedor-Hamilton, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Critical care Medicine and Pediatrics
Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh


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Jessica Katz-Nelson, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


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