Value Statement

As the only national organization focused on the needs of independent academic medical centers, the AIAMC is uniquely sized and poised to provide its members with the core, foundational value of networking.  Networking in the AIAMC takes on many forms through our key values of creating and sharing best practices, delivering relevant and targeted services and providing strong and respected representation.  These key values are evidenced through multiple benefits of membership, including:

Value:  Creating and Sharing Best Practices

Member Benefits include the AIAMC National Initiatives*, topic-focused workshops and peer- reviewed poster sessions 

One Member’s Description of This Value:  “The AIAMC has captured the compelling need for an organized national approach to QI and Safety, integrated with GME.   This has been a focus of many teaching hospitals and academic institutions, but without the infrastructure or sufficient expertise to help them advance this agenda.  The AIAMC recognized the need and organized a ‘learning community’ for education, resources and sharing best practices. Joining the AIAMC provided our organization with the opportunity to be a part of the National Initiatives and to collaborate with same-minded individuals.”  - Tsveti Markova, MD, DIO, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center/Wayne State University

Value:  Delivering Relevant and Targeted Services

Member Benefits include annual GME and Research benchmarking surveys and the AIAMC Job Board 

One Member’s Description of This Value:  “I have found membership in the AIAMC to be extremely valuable.  Very few do research development in academic medical centers, and it is wonderful to network with this niche group.  The Job Board and Benchmarking Survey are also incredibly valuable tools for us.  The AIAMC is an organization committed to meeting its members’ needs.  It is truly all about how to best support its members.“ – Hania Wehbe-Janek, PhD, Vice President, Academic Research Integration, Baylor Scott & White

Value:  Providing Strong and Respected Representation

Member Benefit includes the AIAMC being recognized by national boards and committees with multiple invitations for advocacy that ultimately strengthen the collective voice of the independent academic medical center

One Member’s Description of This Value:  “I learned about AIAMC when I was new to my role as VPME.  Having come from an academic medical center, I was not aware of the work or the organization.  I went to the first annual meeting only because my predecessor had.  When I went to the meeting, I was shocked and impressed at the content and engagement.  I was thrilled about the National Initiative participants, and learned a great deal at that first meeting.  The next year, I did not go to the ACGME meeting but instead chose the AIAMC meeting.  It’s the only national meeting where the AAMC, ACGME, ACCME, AHA, AMA, IHI, TJC and others are represented.   The size of the group is also a benefit:  It is large enough to draw great speakers, but small enough to feel that we all make an impact and great connections.”  - Doug Knuston, MD, Vice President, Talent Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Academic Affairs Division, Riverside Methodist Hospital

*The AIAMC National Initiative (NI) is the only national and multi-institutional collaborative of its kind in which residents lead multidisciplinary teams in quality improvement projects aligned to their institution’s strategic goals.  Fifty-five hospitals and health systems and more than 450 individuals have participated in the AIAMC National Initiatives since 2007 and have driven change that resulted in meaningful and sustainable outcomes which improved the quality and safety of patient care

For more information on membership in the AIAMC, contact Executive Director Kimberly Pierce-Boggs at  or 312.836.3712.

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