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The 21st Century Academic Health Center Mission

The traditional academic health center missions—education, research, patient care, and community service—are challenged by multiple forces.

To respond successfully, academic health centers must take advantage of their unique capability of garnering the synergy that results from optimally aligning each mission area with the others, such that each one supports and enhances its counterparts. The goal should be the development of an unparalleled real-time learning health system.

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