A teaching hospital refers to individual hospitals, health systems, and networks that deliver state-of-the-art care for all, including the most vulnerable patients with the most complex conditions, and are committed to educational activities in the health professions.
Only at teaching hospitals do the three missions of medical education, research, and care come together for the benefit of all patients. In this unique environment, the next generation of doctors, nurses and other health professionals are trained in an environment of discovery and the latest advances in medicine. In teaching hospitals and their affiliated clinical sites, new doctors learn the skills that they’ll use throughout their careers, no matter where they practice.
Teaching hospitals also are distinguished by their clinical research programs where scientists and physicians work together to discover and bring new treatments and cures from the bench to the bedside safely and quickly.
Nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, are members of the AAMC.