The Roles of Academic Health Centers in the 21st Century: A Workshop Summary


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The Committee on the Roles of Academic Health Centers (AHCs) in the 21st Century sponsored a workshop on January 24-25, 2002, hearing testimony from seventeen experts on the trends and developments in health care, changing health care needs, and the implications and expectations for AHCs in how they carry out their roles in education, research and patient care. This workshop summary recaps the presentations and discussions held at the workshop.

The agenda for the workshop was divided into three sections:

  1. Changing Needs and Trends in Health Care,
  2. Creating a Vision for the Future, and
  3. Creating an Environment to Support Needed Changes.

The workshop covered a diverse set of issues in trying to answer the question of how AHCs can and should respond to the needs and demands of a changing population and health care environment. No findings or conclusions were determined at the workshop, nor should any be drawn from these proceedings. The workshop was intended solely as an information-gathering activity by the committee.