David Grant, MD
About David Grant
I graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, before training in Paediatrics and Paediatric Intensive Care in South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia. I am actively involved in implementation of simulation and technology enhanced educational tools at a local, regional, national and international level. I have been privileged to be part of a team of talented and passionate individuals that have established the foundations of IPSS. I am excited about taking on the challenge of building on these foundations; working with the elected IPSS Board of Directors, established IPSS committees and membership to ensure IPSS establishes itself as a sustainable society.
Visions and goals for IPSS
My vision is that IPSS will have a tangible impact on global child health and welfare through promotion of multi-disciplinary simulation-based education, training and research. Whilst focusing on the unique nature and needs of caring for pediatric and perinatal patients and their families both in developed and developing countries. The challenge for IPSS is to find ways to address these goals at a global level, irrespective of geography. We will do so through a wide range of initiatives, including collaboration with other healthcare organisations and local healthcare professionals to develop relevant and sustainable educational interventions. Our mission to continue, “walking around the world” will aid this process. Requiring IPSS to continue carefully selecting host locations for annual meetings, allowing it to serve as a tool for the strategic support of development of paediatric simulation initiatives. Thus focusing the attention of local community, sharing international expertise, creating networks and establishing links and partnerships. Membership involvement in the strategic development of IPSS will ensure it best serve members by addressing their needs and finding ways to innovatively disrupt paediatric simulation delivery methods. Harnessing the power of it’s educational methodologies whilst serving a global child health community.
Strengths and experience
I passionately believe in the unique role of simulation, as educational tool, in professional and inter-professional learning in the improvement the patient experience, care and safety. I believe this passion combined with a thorough understanding of the challenges facing the paediatric simulation community gained through simulation leadership roles at local, regional, national and international level qualifies me for the position of president of IPSS. Nelson Mandela once said: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” I passionately believe IPSS and its members have a significant role to play in the improvement of global child health. I relish the opportunity to serve IPSS and its members in the endeavor of achieve this. It will require transformational leadership qualities to unlock the full potential of IPSS contained in its largest asset, its members. I believe I possess these qualities in abundance and will lead by example harnessing the enthusiasm and energy of the IPSS leadership and members to continue to grow and develop the vision of a vibrant innovative society.