Burn Center

Education for Healthcare Professionals

West Penn Burn Center supports a wide range of education and research opportunities for healthcare professionals.

Ongoing research initiatives include:

  • Wound care
  • Resuscitation
  • Psychological implications of burn injuries
  • Ventilator weaning


Research projects at the Center have helped develop techniques that reduce the length of patient stays, lessen or prevent scarring and improve overall healing.

Medical and Graduate Medical Education Opportunities

West Penn Burn Center offers graduate training opportunities for physicians, residents, and medical students who wish to increase their knowledge of burns and gain clinical experience in burn injury treatment.

We welcome doctors from around the corner and around the globe; our education and research initiatives contribute to local, national and international advances in treatment and care delivery. 

Through the generosity of donors to the Elvis Aaron Presley Visiting Fellowship Fund at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Foundation, we are able to offer the Elvis Aaron Presley Visiting Fellowship to physicians and other burn professionals from abroad to learn best practices in burn care to advance treatment and prevention around the globe.

Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals

West Penn Burn Center also offers continuing education classes for physicians, nurses, pre-hospital providers and other healthcare professionals.

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) Courses

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) courses are sponsored by West Penn Burn Center and the Pennsylvania Trauma Society for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, and paramedics.

The ABLS course is an 8-hour course on the assessment and management of the burn patient during the first 24 hours post-injury using lectures, case studies and simulations to teach assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association criteria for transfer to a burn center. Participants must pass a written exam and a practical assessment to earn continuing education credit.

For more information or to obtain an ABLS course application, visit the ABA website or Contact Us.

To schedule a tour of West Penn Burn Center or for more information about education services for  pre-hospital professionals, please Contact Us.

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