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Simulation Training and Research Center

The Simulation Training and Research (STAR) program at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a multidisciplinary, hospital-based program providing neonatal and obstetric simulation training to improve patient safety and outcomes.


The STAR program launched in 2008 focusing on perinatal and neonatal emergency simulations. In 2012, the STAR program opened its doors to a state-of-the-art simulation center providing five simulation training rooms, one consult room, a 22-person debriefing/conference room and a control center.


STAR continues to serve the obstetrical and neonatal multidisciplinary teams for Baylor University Medical Center and provides team training for other Baylor Scott & White Health affiliates and provides assistance to other specialty areas that may encounter either an obstetrical or neonatal patient.


This program allows health care professionals at all skill levels the opportunity to use interactive, lifelike manikins, task trainers and/or confederates and other equipment to simulate emergencies and other situations in an environment where no harm can be done to the patient.


The STAR program is dedicated to excellence in patient safety by improving the multidisciplinary team performance with focus on Crisis Resource Management (CRM) principles, in addition to focusing on cognitive and technical skills. Training is conducted through video observation and group debriefing.




  • Improve patient safety and quality of care
  • Improve teamwork and communication with focus on CRM principles
  • Promote learning in a safe, controlled environment
  • Improve response to unusual emergency situations without risk to the patient
  • Identify gaps in system processes through implementation of in-situ drills


Training is customized to serve clients and learners in a setting that replicates their environment and resources. Current programs include:

  • Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Mega Code
  • Obstetrical emergencies
  • Neonatal emergencies
  • Transport team training (maternal and neonatal)
  • Internship training (nursing, physicians, advanced practice nurses)
  • Train-the-Trainer (simulation facilitator training)
  • Skills training
  • In-Situ drills




To learn more about the STAR program, or to schedule training, contact 214-820-2113 and speak to Christine Renfro BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, or Marci Robertson, BSN, RN.


Christine Renfro Photo 

Christine Renfro, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Perinatal Coordinator


Marci Robertson Photo 

Marci Robertson, BSN, RN

Neonatal Coordinator



Photos of the STAR Program


A mock code session debriefing

A mock code session debriefing


Debriefing classroom

Debriefing classroom


Neonatal care training with NewbornHAL

Neonatal care training with NewbornHAL


Neonatal care training with NewbornHAL

Neonatal care training with NewbornHAL


Neonatal care training with NewbornHAL

Neonatal care training with NewbornHAL


The main control room

The main control room



Center for Nursing Education and Research

The Center for Nursing Education and Research (CNER) is located on the campus of Baylor University Medical Center.




CNER (pronounced Sir-Ner) is located at 3812 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226, near the corner of Elm Street and Washington.  The building entrance is off of Lot 21, and you can access the center by taking the Dallas Campus’ South Shuttle.


Shuttle status and location is available at An employee badge issued by Baylor Scott & White Health is necessary to gain access to the building. Offices are located on the second floor, which are accessible by stairs or lobby elevator.



Contact CNER

To learn more about CNER, call 214.820.2782 or fax 214.820.2847


Karen Wright Photo 

Karen Wright, RN

Director of Center for Nursing Education and Research



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