Avkin founder and CEO Amy Cowperthwait continues to be recognized as a leader and innovator in healthcare simulation and education. Most recently, she was recognized with the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator – Advanced (CHSE-A) designation, one of just 83 professionals in the world to achieve such an honor.
There are many criteria one must meet to be considered for CHSE-A. Most notably, an applicant must:
- Participate in an education and healthcare simulation role.
- Have five years of continued simulation use in healthcare.
- Demonstrate focused expertise in healthcare simulation.
Once certified, individuals must maintain eligibility or risk losing their certification.
Cowperthwait also was recognized at the University of Delaware’s inaugural WE Hatch Honor Circle. Honorees chosen are women who inspired others with ingenuity, passion, innovation, and persistence.
“Working with Amy is a masterclass in imagining a better future and working toward that end,” said Cowperthwait’s nominator. “When she had a creative new idea to revolutionize healthcare simulation, Amy thought she would sell the idea to a company and they would take things from there. While they were impressed, none of the companies in the field were interested in developing her innovative product, as it would compete against their existing products.”
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Founded in 2016 as a spinout company from the University of Delaware, Avkin was created by Amy Cowperthwait, a nursing simulationist. Frustrated with traditional simulation marketing, she founded Avkin to create high-fidelity wearables and educational services. These are designed to bring healthcare simulations to life thereby maximizing educational outcomes for learners of all skill levels. We currently offer seven wearable devices, as well as training for faculty, staff, and actors portraying patients. Avkin’s unique products and philosophy have earned it national attention, with awards including industry leader INACSL’s Haden VanGuard Lectureship Award, Best University Startup by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, and even an appearance with Damon John on the Dr. Oz Show.