Joint Commission Releases New Standards for Academic Medical Centers

Joint Commission International has announced that international academic medical centers accredited by the organization will be accredited under a new set of standards, beginning January 2013.

The new standards applicable to academic medical centers are divided into two chapters — medical professional education and human subject research.

"These new standards were developed to recognize the unique resource such centers represent for health professional education and human subject research in their communities and countries," said Paul vanOstenberg, vice president of International Accreditation, Standards and Measurement at Joint Commission International. "These standards were also developed to present a framework for including medical education and human subject research into the quality and patient safety activities of academic medical center hospitals. Unless deliberately included in the quality framework, education and research activities often are the unnoticed partners in patient care quality monitoring and improvement."

The standards are included in the Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Hospitals, 4th Edition.

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