An Academic Medical Centre (AMC) provides more than care for patients.
What sets these Academic Medical Centres apart?
A medical centre provides care to patients. An Academic Medical Centre (AMC) is more than that – it has to perform three roles at once: care for the sick, educate future clinicians, and perform research. These AMCs do them all, and they do them well.
Patients go to AMCs to receive care – be they for everyday needs or for highly complex conditions – because they offer unique care often not available anywhere else in the region. AMCs give access to discoveries in medicine sooner, opportunities to participate in clinical trials and clinicians that are well-versed in the latest treatments.
Like in SingHealth Duke-NUS, AMCs are fertile training grounds, with most practising clinicians in the state/country doing all or part of their training in their institutions.
All these are only possible through the practice of evidence-based care, availability of structured training for clinicians and forming platforms to catalyse research and collaborations – in SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC, these are realised through our Academic Clinical Programmes, SingHealth Duke-NUS Disease Centres and joint research & education institutes.
Joint Commission International (JCI) defines an AMC hospital as a hospital that:
• Is organisationally or administratively integrated with a medical school
• Is the principal site for the education of medical students and residents from the medical school
• Conducts academic and/or commercial human subject research involving its patients
Let's take a look at top AMCs of the world: