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Research on Care Community

ROCC is the research arm of the AAMC’s Best Practices for Better Care initiative, but is also open to all interested member medical schools and teaching hospitals.

The AAMC is proud to have partnered with UHC External Link on this initiative.

Integrating Quality (IQ)


Learn more about other AAMC quality activities and resources.

Best Practices for Better Care

We're Making Sure Our Best Practices Make the Rounds

Best Practices for Better Care

From medical breakthroughs to the latest treatments, America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals, and their physicians and scientists, have a legacy of advancing medicine and setting the standard for the best patient care. Through a multi-year initiative to improve the quality and safety of health care, we worked together to create Best Practices for Better Care.   

Through Best Practices for Better Care, we put in place proven practices to ensure safer surgeries, reduction of infections, and cut down on hospital readmissions. We built an even stronger culture of quality and safety in medicine by passing on these best practices to every new doctor we trained and made sure quality and safety was part of medical education from day one. Through research and evaluation, we continued to refine these best practices, discover new ones, and share our knowledge with others to improve health care.

The Best Practices for Better Care Commitment

Through the Best Practices for Better Care initiative, participating medical schools and teaching hospitals committed to:

  • Teaching quality and patient safety to the next generation of doctors
  • Ensuring safer surgery through use of surgical checklists
  • Reducing infections from central lines using proven protocols
  • Reducing hospital readmissions for high-risk patients
  • Researching, evaluating, and sharing new and improved practices.

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