What is a Teaching Hospital

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is a teaching hospital. A teaching hospital, or academic medical center, is a hospital that partners with medical and nursing schools, education programs and research centers to improve health care through learning and research. By being at the forefront of medical education and research innovations, teaching hospitals tend to provide many advantages, including:

  • Improved quality of care
  • New treatments and cures
  • State-of-the-art technologies
  • Shorter hospitalizations for major illnesses and procedures
  • Better outcomes and survival rates
  • Specialized surgeries and experimental medical procedures
  • The expertise of highly trained physicians and surgeons, available 24-hours a day

Mott is affiliated with the University of Michigan Medical School – one of the leading research-oriented medical schools in the nation. The U-M Medical School has been awarded nearly 18,000 medical degrees since its inception in 1848. It is consistently ranked as one of the leading medical schools in the United States. Patients at Mott directly benefit from the scientific advancements made at the U-M medical school.

How Is Care Different at a Teaching Hospital?

At Mott, your child will receive care from many specialists, including doctors, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, child life specialists, and discharge planners. As part of the training and education process, residents (doctors who have graduated medical school and are in intensive training for a specific specialty) and medical school students also may be part of your child’s health care team. Residents and medical school students provide patient care under the direct supervision of either the child’s attending doctor or the resident physician responsible for training the next generation of physicians.