UPMC is many things — a health care provider, an insurance provider, a worldwide leader in medical and health sciences research, and an innovative creator of technologies and services to improve health care delivery. It’s often referred to as an academic medical center. What exactly does that mean, and how does care at an academic medical center differ from a “traditional” hospital?
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UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
UPMC is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, which means our organizations work together to train future generations of health care providers and researchers. Many of our health care professionals have been part of this multidisciplinary community since the early days of their training. Together, UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh attracted $577 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2018, the fifth highest funding that year.
Our relationship provides another benefit to the communities we serve in Pennsylvania and around the world: it helps to attract some of the best doctors, researchers, and educators to collaborate with and learn from other experts in their fields.
Working together as health care providers, researchers, and educators, UPMC experts have developed internationally recognized programs in:
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Academic Medical Centers Benefit Communities
Continuous learning is especially essential in health care. By asking questions and testing different ideas, our researchers and providers benefit from an expanded perspective. Our diverse and multidisciplinary teams benefit from the insights that each member brings to the conversation. Our combined efforts to expand UPMC’s clinical excellence and research capabilities benefits the people we serve — including you and your loved ones.
At an academic medical center, your health care team may include your primary care doctor and specialists, nursing professionals, and other care providers like radiology technicians, physical therapists, and social workers. You may also receive care from students, residents, and fellows who are training with UPMC experts. Our nutritional and environmental services teams, volunteers, security and parking staff members, and others also are integral to the patient experience. For the entire UPMC team, this collaborative effort is a way of living UPMC’s core values:
- Quality & Safety
- Dignity & Respect
- Caring & Listening
- Responsibility & Integrity
- Excellence & Innovation
Expanding the Academic Medical Center Model
As a respected academic medical center, UPMC is frequently asked to share its clinical and educational expertise. For example, one of our latest efforts is working with leaders in Kazakhstan to transform the Nazarbayev University Medical Center into the area’s first fully integrated academic medical center — one that is financially viable, actively engaged in research, and dedicated to training and educating medical staff. As part of that effort, UPMC is helping the university to pilot six academic departments:
- Family medicine
- General surgery
- Internal medicine
- Women’s health
UPMC is also helping with strategic planning and management, education and training, and clinical trials.
Learn more about UPMC’s international locations and partnerships.
A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.