Commentary: Academic health centers: the compelling need for recalibration

Acad Med. 2010 Dec;85(12):1821-2. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181fa0001.


Although academic health centers (AHCs) represent a unique combination of teaching, research, and patient care, it is no longer enough to say that their missions are solely education, research, and patient care. Rather, these "missions" must be viewed as functions that enable institutions to achieve their overarching mission: the improved health and well-being of their communities. Focusing more sharply on this goal requires a recalibration of the AHC enterprise such that education is more explicitly linked to societal needs, research to health, and patient care to specific community and regional needs. Guiding principles to lead this recalibration include an alignment of the functions of teaching, research, and patient care; a tangible commitment to a partnership with the community; and a collaborative engagement with other AHCs on a national and international scale.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration*
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • United States