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Highmark Foundation Grant Awarded to Chatham University Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Students

Pittsburgh, PA -
As Chatham University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) programs continue to grow, so does the need for access to advanced patient simulator technology which can greatly enhance the pre-clinical instruction of health science students.

Through the generosity of a $106,850 grant from the Highmark Foundation, Chatham will partner for two years with the Simulation Teaching and Academic Research Center (STAR Center) at West Penn Allegheny Health System to provide DPT and MPAS students access to a state-of-the-art center that replicates such actual clinical environments as acute care, obstetric and operating room settings.

The STAR Center was established in 2007 through an initial $500,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation. Housed on The Western Pennsylvania Hospital campus in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood, the STAR Center is a simulation-training hub for a variety of medical professionals, including nursing students, allied healthcare students, resident-physicians, practicing clinicians, researchers and emergency medical technicians.