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Medical School Details Worksheet

This worksheet reflects only accredited medical schools and their available data as of June 13, 2017.

Medical School Name
The complete name of the LCME-accredited U.S. school of medicine.

Medical Short Name
The shortened medical school name, which is used in some AAMC reports, publications and applications where space may be limited.

Medical School City
The city in which the main campus of the medical school is located; this may differ from the city in which the parent university is located.

Medical School State
The state in which the main campus of the medical school is located.

Medical School Region
The regional location of the medical school classified as: Central, Northeast, Southern, or Western.

Ownership/Control
Institutional control of the medical school classified as either Public or Private.

Financial Relationship to Parent University
These data come from the FY2016 LCME Part I-A Overview Survey. For medical schools that have not yet participated in the LCME Part I-A Overview Survey, these data come from the dean-reviewed AAMC Medical School Characteristics Form.

A parent university is broadly defined to mean any organizational structure above the level of the medical school's dean, including academic health centers and universities. The financial relationship of the medical school to the parent university is classified as one of the following:

  • Freestanding Institution: A medical school with no parent university, and which has its own governance, budget and financing.
  • Financially Autonomous: A medical school with a parent university, but which budget and financing are not subject to parent university authorization.
  • Financially Integrated with University: A medical school with a parent university, and which budget and financing are subject to parent university authorization.
  • Other

Community-Based School
There are three components of the AAMC's analytic definition of a "community-based" medical school: A community-based medical school (1) does not have an integrated teaching hospital, (2) received full accreditation in 1972 or later, and (3) is non-federal.

This definition acknowledges two fundamental principles of these schools. First, community-based schools use community hospitals to achieve their educational mission (relying on community hospitals for clinical facilities rather than a traditional academic medical center hospital); therefore, only schools that do not have an integrated hospital are included in this category. Second, these schools emerged in or after the "community-based" movement in medical education, when reformers espoused increased ties between medical education and the community. By including schools that received full accreditation in or after 1972, when the first community-based school received full accreditation, this historical context is acknowledged. This definition is used by the AAMC for analytic purposes; medical schools may refer to themselves as "community-based" using different definitions.

Research Intensity, Federal Research Expenditures
Federal research expenditures used to determine research intensity are based on direct federal grants and contracts expenditures for organized research as reported on the FY2016 LCME Part I-A Annual Financial Questionnaire, and include expenditures recorded and not recorded on the books of medical schools. These data are reported only for medical education programs with full LCME accreditation status.

Deans' Responsibilities Other than the Medical School
By virtue of the positions and titles they hold, in addition to the authority and responsibility for the medical school, some deans have authority and responsibility for the (a) Faculty Practice Plan, (b) Other Health Professions School(s), and/or the (c) Hospital or Health System. These additional responsibilities are noted in this field.

Practice Plan Organizational Structure
These data come from the FY2016 LCME Part I-A Overview Survey. Categories that describe the structure of the faculty practice plan. They are:

Multi-Specialty Group Practice Model: all departments and clinical facility behave as a cohesive unit with a common governing board, common goals, a high degree of common management systems, as well as joint contracting, institutional planning, and network development activities. Compensation arrangements are uniform across departments. Practice is clinically integrated across specialties as much as possible. All or some of the practice plan operating expenses are shared among all departments; income may be pooled and reallocated across departments based on a formula.

Federated Practice Plan: departments are bound together in one organization via a limited measure of common governance and shared management systems. Departments may conduct joint contracting, planning, and funding activities. Chairs still maintain strong control over compensation arrangements and department funds. Some cross-departmental integration may be occurring, perhaps in the form of shared expenses.

Departmental Practice Model: individual departments are essentially autonomous with no common governance and little or no common management system. Funding and compensation arrangements are the prerogative of the department chairs. The departments are loosely bound for contracting and institutional planning purposes. There is little or no identification by chairs or individual physicians of the "collectiveness" of the clinical facility, and little or no expenses or income are shared.

Other categories include Other, and No Practice Plan.

Practice Plan Legal Structure
Categories that describe the legal structure of the faculty practice plan. They are:

  • Multiple Professional Corporations
  • Owned by University/School of Medicine
  • For-Profit Corporation
  • Separate Not-For-Profit Corporation
  • One Professional Corporation
  • Other
  • No Practice Plan

Practice Plan Organizational Location
Categories that describe the organizational location of the faculty practice plan. They are:

  • Medical School Based
  • Hospital Based
  • Health System Based
  • Other
  • No Practice Plan

Hospital Affiliates Worksheet

This worksheet includes medical school and teaching hospital affiliations available as of June 13, 2017.

The teaching hospitals' most recently reported primary medical school affiliation information comes from the COTH Annual and Quarterly Surveys of Hospital Operations and Financial Performance (OpFin) as reported by teaching hospital respondents. The hospitals contacted to participate in the OpFin surveys are AAMC COTH-member, short-term, general, and non-federal teaching hospitals. Because of their unique mission, COTH children's hospitals, specialty hospitals and Veterans Affairs hospitals do not receive the OpFin surveys.


Teaching hospitals were asked on the OpFin surveys to indicate their primary medical schools by using criteria that are most appropriate for the context of the teaching hospital (e.g., common ownership, the medical schools at which your physicians hold faculty appointments, transfers to medical schools for purchased services, and/or sponsors of ACGME approved residency programs).

For the purposes of this worksheet, information was culled across the OpFin Annual Surveys for FY2013 through FY2015 and the OpFin Quarterly Surveys for April-June 2014 through April-June 2017. Not all hospitals participated in these surveys. For example, of the 224 hospitals contacted to participate in the FY2015 OpFin Annual Survey, 170 hospitals (76 percent) participated. Of the 218 hospitals contacted to participate in the April-June 2016 OpFin Quarterly Survey, 150 hospitals (69 percent) participated.


As a result of these caveats, this worksheet does not show an affiliation for every accredited medical school. The accredited medical schools that do not appear may be affiliated with teaching hospitals that were not surveyed, teaching hospitals that did not respond, or they may be medical schools that were not the primary medical school of affiliation.

Medical School Name
The complete name of the LCME-accredited U.S. school of medicine.

Medical Short Name
The shortened medical school name, which is used in some AAMC reports, publications and applications where space may be limited.

Medical School City
The city in which the main campus of the medical school is located; this may differ from the city in which the parent university is located.

Medical School State
The state in which the main campus of the medical school is located.

Teaching Hospital Name
The name of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) hospital. The COTH member hospitals included are those short-term, general, and non-federal teaching hospitals that responded to the Annual or Quarterly Surveys of Hospital Operations and Financial Performance.

Teaching Hospital City
The city in which the teaching hospital is located; this may differ from the city in which the affiliated medical school is located.

Teaching Hospital State
The state in which the teaching hospital is located; this may differ from the state in which the affiliated medical school is located

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