How the Program Works

The AIM Program™ respects the diversity and cultural heterogeneity of our member institutions around the world. AIM is not a “one size fits all” program.

It will be tailored to benefit each institution on an individual level no matter its size, finances, or stage of development. It is AAHCI peer reviewed and evaluated.

Each participating institution will commit to implementing a self-defined plan for improved organizational performance, with the goal of achieving an optimally aligned academic health center among its missions of education, research, and patient care.

Stage I: Program Tool for Internal Assessment and Goal Setting

Once a member is accepted into the AIM Program™, the institution will complete a comprehensive self-assessment, guided by a tool provided by AAHCI to the participating institutions to determine the prevalence and degree to which each of five core components are found within the institution. The self-assessment tool will be broken down into the stages of alignment and elements that make up the five Core Components.

The worksheet is meant to provide participants a means to assess current levels of alignment and where they aspire to be within each category. Completion of the Program Tool for Self-Assessment and Goal Setting will lead to the next phase of peer evaluation and creation of a strategic plan.

Stage II: Peer Consultant Review Period

The information provided by the institution through the self-assessment will be used by assigned Peer Consultants to assist in developing a strategic improvement plan. The Peer Consultant will review the institution’s self-assessment responses, indicator measurements, and ask a series of questions to better understand the unique priorities of the institutions and challenges they may encounter when attempting to improve a particular component area.

Stage III: Peer Consultant Recommendations and Strategic Improvement Planning Period

Following the self-assessment and peer-consultation, the institution will work with the Peer Consultant to develop a strategic plan for improving the prioritized component areas.

Where desired, the association will provide a strategic plan template which includes requirements/guidance on objectives that are to be prioritized, specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time bound.