Published: Jan. 18, 2007
Updated: Jan. 18, 2007
You may hear Duke referred to as an "academic medical center" or "teaching hospital." These terms are used to describe hospitals that have missions beyond just patient care.
Most teaching hospitals pursue three related enterprises:
This results in a health system that encourages the highest standards of quality and provides access to the most up-to-date treatments.
It also fosters an environment where many people are always thinking about the patient’s condition, leading to more thorough patient care (although also resulting in patient visits with multiple members of the health care team).
During a visit to Duke University Hospital, you may encounter physicians with different titles. Here’s what they mean:
The three categories of house staff are:
For example, a pediatric resident has completed medical school and is completing a three-year training program to become specialized in pediatrics. A first year-resident is often referred to as an intern.