Simulated Participant (SP) Workshops

Avkin partners with institutions around the United States to offer free simulation workshops. Please see the FAQ below for more information and full topic descriptions. If interested in hosting a workshop, please click the Host a Workshop button.


What is the agenda?

9:00am-9:30am: Registration
9:30am-10:30am: Presentation #1
10:30am-11:00am: Avkin Product & SP Showcase
11:00am-12:00pm: Lunch (Catered by Avkin)
12:00pm-1:00pm: Presentation #2
1:00pm-1:30pm (optional): Wrap Up (Tour of Simulation Center)

What are the potential topics?

Nuts & Bolts: Starting an Affordable Simulated Participants (Patient Actors) Program: This workshop will explain how to start a university course to include students from all majors and returning adult learners to be simulated participants in your simulations.

1st Presentation: Educating Your SPs Correctly the First Time

2nd Presentation: Creating Rich Characters for Your Simulations

Providing Structure and Sustainability to an Affordable Simulated Participant Program: This workshop highlights the successes, discusses the challenges, and examines best practices from a successful simulated participant (patient actor) program first developed at the University of Delaware in 2009.

1st Presentation: Best Practices to Standardize your SPs

2nd Presentation: Teaching Your SPs to Give Patient Centered Feedback

Who are the educators?

Amy Cowperthwait CEO, RN, APRN, CHSE

Amy has worked in simulation since 2006. She is a co-founder of the Healthcare Theater course at the University of Delaware. She is also the CEO and founder of Avkin.

Megan Weldon

Is a trained Simulated Participant since 2014. She is the Program Coordinator at the University of Delaware and is the Simulated Participant Educator at Avkin.

From what education institution do you offer continuing education?

All contact hours must be offered through the host institution or a local institution who is approved to offer continuing education. Avkin is available to help with filling out any necessary paperwork!

What is the length of time for each topic?

Each topic is 1 hour long.

What kind of support do you require from the host institution (you)?

  • 1-2 people to help set up lunch, and coordinate the day
  • A room that holds 50 people
    • Ability to show PowerPoint presentations
    • A stretcher and suction machine in close proximity
  • Inviting your fellow simulationists and colleagues
  • (2) 8 ft tables for registration
  • Your dean or director to give a welcome to guests at lunch and to experience the simulated participant workshop

How does Avkin support the workshop?

Avkin will create a flyer that can be used to advertise, and a registration web page where your colleagues, other simulationists, and educators in your region can sign up. We will provide electronic versions of the presentations in advance of the workshop. Avkin will cover lunch and any fees for participants' contact hours.

How many participants would you need?

A minimum of 3-4 participating institutions & a minimum of 35 attendees. Maximum attendance is set by the host institution.

What type of facilities are required?

Space large enough to host at least 35 attendees. A simulation center close by is preferred.

What are the approximate calendar dates that would be required?

This is up to the host institution as long as the Avkin team is available. We suggest scheduling at least 3 months in advance in order to reserve times on all our busy schedules. We are also excited to combine this workshop with regional/state simulation group meetings, conferences, and get togethers.

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