Getting Started with Hosting Professional Development at Your Clinical Simulation Center

Presented by: Amy Cowperthwait, RN, CNS, CHSE-A, Megan Weldon, CHSE
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This webinar covers how to make a bigger splash in the clinical simulation community at large by hosting a professional development event at your institution!
  • Recorded: August 29th, 2023
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  • Level: Intermediate

Presentation Abstract:

Make a bigger splash in the healthcare simulation community at large by hosting a professional development event at your institution. Are you looking for opportunities to provide long lasting medical simulation education for your faculty, connect deeper with a community of simulation enthusiasts, and expand the network of passionate educators and thought leaders? By hosting a professional development event at your institution, you can fuel the growth of your team while inspiring others as you uncover the endless possibilities of clinical simulation education. During this 1-hour webinar we will discuss ways your program can harness the power of partnerships and team planning to deliver an event with the building blocks for sustainability and positive long-lasting impact on the simulation community. We will discuss new and creative approaches that will unlock your creativity, and imagination for financing this event, regardless of size. Join this professional clinical simulation team to explore innovative approaches to improving the professional development opportunities within your institution. Sam Houston State University's team members will be joining in the conversation to share their experiences on the topic as well!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss at least 3 institutional benefits to hosting a professional development event.
  2. Identify at least 4 considerations when planning a professional development event.
  3. Examine at least 3 opportunities for funding that would support the costs of the event.

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Amy Cowperthwait, RN, CNS, CHSE-A

CEO at Avkin
Beginning her career as an ER nurse, Amy Cowperthwait found her niche when transitioning to simulation at the University of Delaware. A trach simulation gone awry led Amy to develop a wearable technology solution that could be worn by standardized patients to improve clinical realism and learning outcomes in simulation based education. She founded Avkin in 2015 after years of interprofessional research and development work on the wearable simulator pedagogy. In addition to her work with Avkin, Amy is also busy presenting her work through keynote addresses at regional, national, and international events.
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Disclosures: Amy is employed and a Co-Founder of Avkin.

Megan Weldon, CHSE

Director of Education and Marketing at Avkin
Megan Weldon, CHSE, is a passionate and highly skilled professional in the field of standardized patient simulation. Her journey started at the age of 16 as a standardized patient, and she quickly rose in her career due to her dedication to this impactful training approach. Megan's expertise led her to manage the standardized patient program at the University of Delaware, where she played a key role in elevating standards and fostering excellence. Currently serving as the Director of Marketing and Education at Avkin, a leading organization in healthcare simulation, Megan actively drives their mission, by consulting with many institutions to ensure standards of best practice for standardized patients is met. Her fervent dedication to representing standardized patients and advocating for proper training and best practices has earned her respect as an influential voice in the industry. Megan's commitment to excellence as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) continues to inspire the next generation of simulationists and making a lasting impact on standardized patient methodology.
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Disclosures: Megan is employed by Avkin.

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Lance W. Baily, BA, EMT-B is the Founder / CEO of HealthySimulation.com, the world’s leading medical simulation resource website which supports thousands healthcare professionals a month. As an experienced entrepreneur, digital media producer and administrative professional, Lance has the background and the experience necessary to help guide the healthcare simulation industry to greater levels of adoption.
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Formerly he served as Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, Simulation Technician for the LA Community College District, and volunteer Fire-Fighter, after receiving his BA in Film and Digital Media Production and working on Hollywood production sets. He currently lives with his wife in Las Vegas with their two young daughters and two crazy dachshunds.
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