21st Century Academic Health Center

The Transformation of Academic Health Centers: Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare’s Changing Landscape

(2015) This book provides comprehensive and forward-thinking perspectives that are of deep value to those who lead and work at academic health centers as well as those interested in the future of health professions education, biomedical and clinical research, and patient care and population health. The book consists of 25 chapters that include compelling case studies, professional best practices, and provocative assessments, and is divided into four main sections: (I) The Evolution of the Academic Health Center; (II) Educating the Future Health Workforce; (III) The Challenge of Discovery; and (IV) Preparing for Health System Change. 

Price: $99.95


Searching for Leadership: Best Practices for Academic Institutions

(2014) Developed with the advice and insight of academic leaders and leading search firm executives, this valuable resource offers a clear and efficient approach to finding the right candidate for high-level appointments and key faculty positions by breaking down the search process into three coordinated phases. Because the process of searching for new leaders and key faculty cannot be separated from the characteristics of successful leaders, the guide also presents a straight-forward analysis of leadership skills. The goal is to increase the potential for a successful choice through structuring a search process that speaks to the values and needs of the institutions.

Price: Members - $18.95/Non-members - $28.95


Managing Emergency Preparedness: Academic Health Centers Organize and Innovate

(2008) This brochure provides academic health center leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and national levels with a short-hand guide on managing emergency response activities within academic health centers to help ensure that institutions and communities can respond to an array of emergencies and natural disasters.


Improving Health Care in the Middle East and North Africa

(2014) The Lancet, By Edward Hillhouse, Steven Hartman
Healthcare delivery, education of health professionals, and health research are rapidly changing. Trends—such as an aging population, an increasing burden of chronic diseases, and economic shifts—are generating new needs, and academic health centers are at the nexus of these important changes. It is now generally recognized that the best education, research, and care models result when these three areas are inter-related in what has been described as a virtuous cycle.


An International Association of Academic Health Centres

(2009) The Lancet, By Steven A Wartman, Edward W Hillhouse, Louise Gunning-Schepers, John EL Wong
Governments around the world struggle with the challenges of providing good-quality healthcare, but knowledge on which to base sound rational decisions is in short supply. This lack of knowledge has presented a convincing case for a new organizational model that more closely links academic medicine and clinical practice. Academic medicine—along with its access to multiple disciplines, including the engineering, physical, and social sciences—holds a critical key to developing solutions to the challenges of effective healthcare.


Guide for Academic Health Center Disaster Preparedness and Response

(2006) In this brief guide, academic health center leaders share their advice, insights, and concerns based on firsthand experiences with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as major involvement in local, regional, and national disaster planning operations for terrorism and biodefense.


Facts at a Glance

(2009) AAHC conducted an extensive survey on the organization, management, operations, and finances of academic health centers nationwide. The results of the survey identified key statistics, trends, and gauges that clearly reveal the vital importance of academic health centers to the nation’s economic development, in the advancement of biomedical research nationally and globally, and for the provision of and access to needed and diverse health care services in our communities.


Confluence of Policy and Leadership at Academic Health Science Centers: A Professional and Personal Guide

(2012) A groundbreaking publication that provides in-depth accounts and details of the knowledge and skills necessary to lead these complex organizations that educate health professionals, conduct research, and deliver advanced care. > Read More

Price: Members - $45.00/Non-members - $59.95


Budgeting, Development, and Nursing Shortages: Views from Academic Health Centers

(2004) With increasing costs and shrinking budgets, academic health centers must seek new and creative strategies to maintain or improve the financial viability. In this report, academic health center leaders offer commentaries on some of the most critical issues facing academic health centers today: budgeting, development, and nursing shortages.

Price: $10


Best Practices in Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Development in Academic Health Center

(2005) Academic health centers are actively engaged in innovative and successful efforts in faculty recruitment, retention, and development. This report is a compilation of case studies submitted by academic health centers that deal primarily with faculty development and retention and illustrate a variety of approaches for ensuring greater faculty success and longevity.

Price: $10


Author Commentaries The Transformation of Academic Health Centers: Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare’s Changing Landscape

(2015) These personal reflections by the chapter authors in AAHC’s book, The Transformation of Academic Health Centers, reveal insights that dip beneath the surface and add meaning and depth to the material covered in the book.


Toward a Virtuous Cycle: The Changing Face of Academic Health Centers

(2008) This editorial article summarizes 10 articles that appeared in a 2008 issue of Academic Medicine, highlighting evolutionary trends under way within academic health centers and the importance of striving for strategic alignment of the enterprise as a whole. The author notes the management and leadership challenges that are changing fundamentally the ways in which academic health centers operate. These challenges have catalyzed a remolding of the academic health center from an ivory tower to a complex business enterprise that captures the power of a “virtuous cycle,” whereby clinical revenue and academic performance support each other by being strategically and tactically aligned.