Surgical Research Review| Volume 147, ISSUE 3, P313-317, March 2010

Research and the independent academic medical center

      The acquisition and dissemination of knowledge is one of the hallmarks of an academic medical center. In fact, the term “academic” itself implies a commitment to seeking and applying knowledge for educational purposes. Research is the “search” for knowledge. It is usually hoped that the knowledge acquired through research will somehow better mankind—either directly through advances and discoveries, or indirectly, through the enhanced education of future health care providers. In this regard, research, knowledge, and education are intimately entwined. It is this relationship that should fuel the commitment to research for academic medical centers. And it is this relationship that inexorably links research with education.
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