STAR Center at AHN

Participants debriefing outside the STAR center


The Simulation, Teaching, and Academic Research (STAR) Center at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) offers unique learning experiences for students, practitioners, and members of the allied health community.

We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced training with state-of-the art equipment at our simulated hospital and outpatient clinic and through our mobile outreach program.


Dr. Brian Parker, Chief Quality and Learning Officer for the STAR Center
Take a look at available facilities and equipment at the STAR Center.

Enhance your skills

Led by Medical Director Donald Wilfong, Jr. MD, highly experienced and dynamic STAR team members and course facilitators follow best practices in simulation to teach vital skills in health care. Participants can practice and perfect their procedural skills on our high/low fidelity mannequins and full/partial body task trainers. You can practice communication techniques on real people. We also offer courses related to communication, including interviewing and teamwork.

Infusion certification

For licensed practical nurses, the STAR Center provides infusion certification through its accreditation by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. We offer certification courses at our training center on the West Penn Hospital campus. By taking a STAR course, you may also earn continuing education credits. For more information and to register, email or call (412) 578-4418.

International accreditation

Society for Simulation in Healthcare

The STAR Center is fully accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare for achieving excellence in these areas:

  • Core Standards
  • Assessment / Measurement
  • Research
  • System Integration
  • Teaching / Education

Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics

The Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics was create for individuals and organizations engaged in healthcare simulation. The goal of the code of ethics is to guide us toward safe practice that will improve the quality of healthcare. It serves to strengthen and promote ethical culture among all those who practice simulationist based education. Through the code of ethics, Healthcare simulations are challenged to maintain the highest level of integrity, promote transparency in communication, and show mutual respect to all while maintaining a high level of professionalism and self-accountability.