America's teaching hospitals are where expert patient care and state-of-the-art medical innovation connect to save lives.
With the world’s leading physicians and medical scientists, the most advanced technology, and a team-based approach to care, America’s teaching hospitals offer patients the latest innovations in medical care and the best outcomes.
A vital part of the nation's health care infrastructure
Even though they represent only 5% of all short-term, general non-federal hospitals, AAMC-member teaching hospitals provide:
Source: AAMC analysis of FY2020 American Hospital Association data, American College of Surgeons Level 1 Trauma Center designations, 2020, and the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Centers, 2022. AAMC membership data, December 2021.
Note: Data reflect short-term, general, nonfederal hospitals.
In addition, teaching hospitals are major centers of discovery and innovation: transplants, immunotherapies for cancer, and laproscopic surgery are just three of the many innovations in medical care pioneered at teaching hospitals.
The unique environment at teaching hospitals—where the highest levels of medical expertise join with leaders in medical research—makes them an essential part of training the next generation of physicians and health care professionals. All new health professionals spend at least a portion of their training in a teaching hospital.
Through resources, data, and expertise, the AAMC works to sustain the missions of teaching hospitals and partners with our members to foster innovations in patient care, ensure outstanding educational experiences for future physicians, and make health care safer, more affordable, and more accessible.
Professional Development Resources
Attend an event
Join a group
- Join an affinity group or committee
- Advisory Panel on Health Care
- Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH)
- Compliance Officers' Forum (COF)
- Chief Medical Officers Group (CMOG)
- Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA)
- Group on Institutional Resources (GIR)
- Group on Resident Affairs (GRA)
- Academic Practice Plan Directors (APPD)
- Academic Practice Plan Associate Directors (APPAD)
- Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR)
Apply for an Award or Funding Opportunity
The AAMC Annual Meeting
Attend Learn Serve Lead where leaders share innovations and insights during education sessions and networking events.
Join a professional development group and connect with colleagues and AAMC leaders.