About Mary Patterson
It is an honor to be nominated for a Board of Director positon of the International Pediatric Simulation Society. Certainly IPSS represents those things that I have worked for in simulation for more than a decade. The members of IPSS are multidisciplinary and committed to advancing simulation-based training, education and research. They are also committed to bringing people of diverse backgrounds and professions together to exchange ideas, develop new skills and improve the care and safety of healthcare of infants and children.
I believe that in the next several years, we will have opportunities to make simulation in healthcare a mainstream and essential part of both healthcare education and patient safety processes. Especially in pediatrics, we should be a primary driver in this expansion of the scope and utilization of simulation.
I have been fortunate to have had substantial frontline and administrative experience in simulation which I hope that I will be able to utilize for the benefit of the members of IPSS. I am a pediatric emergency physician and I have had the opportunity to be one of the co-founders of two pediatric simulation centers. In each center, we had the opportunity to utilize pediatric simulation for multiple disciplines including nurses, residents, faculty, advanced practice nurses, nursing students and allied health students. My education includes a Master’s in Education from the University of Cincinnati and a Patient Safety Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.
My work over the last several years has been in the use of simulation to improve teamwork and communication as well as human factors work related to patient safety. I am passionate on the importance of multidisciplinary simulation training. I have been fortunate to receive federal funding for some of this work.
I also believe that my organizational experience as a board member and leader of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare will be of use to IPSS. I understand that there are substantial challenges associated with sustaining an international simulation organization. There is great richness in the diversity of members and disciplines in IPSS which presents great opportunities, but significant effort is also required to ensure that all perspectives are heard and considered. I would be honored to serve our membership as a member of the BOD and would expect that just as any healthcare team should utilize all its members and resources, IPSS should also engage all of its members in the crucial work of our organization.