AAHC 50th ANNIVERSARY: 1969 - 2019
Academic health centers first began to appear in the U.S. after World War II. By the mid-1950s, leaders at these institutions recognized that they were working in a new model of health professions education, biomedical research, and patient care, and that mission and management of the whole were more encompassing and more complex than the sum of the parts.
The leaders of these broad-based institutions recognized the need to form an organization to foster deliberation on the high-level issues and challenges facing academic health centers, to share ideas and best practices, and to define solutions.
In 1956, a group of 17 visionary leaders convened as the University Medical Administrative Group. The group met on a regular, but informal, basis until 1969, when it was formally incorporated as The Organization of University Health Center Administrators, Inc. The organization’s name soon was changed to the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) with an office located in Washington, DC.
In 2019, AAHC celebrated its 50th Anniversary of convening thought leaders, sharing best practices, and catalyzing the diffusion of innovation. Inspirational leadership and effective management of academic health centers have been the central concerns of AAHC throughout its 50 years. This commemorative timeline is testimony to the important work of AAHC and its members in healthcare, biomedical research, and health professions education.
1969 - 1979