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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: Welcome, Networking, Registration
9:30am-10:30am: Workshop Topic Session 1
10:30am-11:00am: Avkin Product Demo
11:00am-12:00pm: Lunch Catered by Avkin
12:00pm-1:00pm: Workshop Topic Session 2
1:00pm-2:00pm (optional): Tour of your Simulation Center

What are the potential topics?

  • How to Start an Affordable University Course to Include Simulated Participants (Patient Actors) - This workshop will examine the nuts and bolts of getting started with a university course to include students from all majors and returning adult learners to be simulated participants in your simulations. We will go over starting small, finding strategic partners, grading, how to recruit students, and didactic course essentials.
  • 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. We will highlight ensuring standardization, teaching your SP’s to give quality feedback, and building a sustainable program. This workshop will be beneficial to people incorporating simulated participants into their simulations and wanting to get the most out of their program.
  • Building Cultural Competence and Compassion into Simulation Education - Patients and their families from all walks of life enter the doors of health clinics and acute care settings fearful, vulnerable, and uncertain of the next steps in their treatment. Healthcare providers have a fundamental responsibility to provide compassionate, culturally competent care. The challenge for educators is how to “fit” cultural competence and compassion education into the curriculum of an already packed health professions education. This workshop answers the question: how can educators leverage the safe environment of the simulation center to equip the healthcare providers of today and tomorrow with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to consistently provide culturally sensitive, compassionate care.

Who are the educators?

Our CEO and Founder, Amy Cowperthwait (University of Delaware) - Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Simulated Patient Educator, Megan Weldon (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?

2-hours total, held in 2 1-hour sessions.

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

Space to host the event, a stretcher and suction machine in close proximity, & inviting your friends and colleagues. Administrative help on the day of to man the registration table and help set up the lunch sponsored by Avkin.

How does Avkin support the workshop?

Avkin will create a flyer and market the workshop to other simulationists and educators in your region. We will also create a web page for people to sign-up for the event. 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?

Preferably a minimum of 3-4 participating institutions & a minimum of 10 attendees. Average attendance is typically 20-25 attendees from 4-5 different institutions. Maximum attendance is set by the host institution.

What type of facilities are required?

Space large enough to host a minimum of 15 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 1.5-2 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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