MGH President Peter L. Slavin appointed chair of a council representing the interests of major teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Peter Slavin to chair AAMC council of teaching hospitals administrative board
BOSTON — Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) President Peter L. Slavin, MD, has been chosen to serve as the 2010-2011 chair of the AAMC's (Association of American Medical Colleges) Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) Administrative Board.
COTH represents the interests of major teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada. Through its 21-member administrative board, the council serves as the principal source of hospital and health system input into overall AAMC policy and direction. Membership in the COTH is limited to organizations having a documented affiliation agreement with a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
Slavin has served as MGH president since 2003. From 1999–2002, he was the chairman and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, which represents more than 1,700 physicians. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. As the new chair of the COTH Administrative Board, Slavin will work with COTH members to focus on issues such as federal health reform, Medicare direct and indirect medical education payments, disproportionate share payments, teaching physician regulations, and coverage of investigational devices.
The COTH is one of the AAMC's three member councils. The association represents all 133 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians.
Founded in 1811, MGH is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. The 900-bed medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Each year the MGH admits more than 47,500 inpatients and handles nearly 1.4 million outpatient visits at its main campus and health centers. Its Emergency Department records more than 88,000 visits annually. The surgical staff performs approximately 38,000 and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,500 babies each year. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the country, with an annual research budget of more than $600 million. It is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all MGH staff physicians serve on the faculty. The MGH is consistently ranked among the nation's top hospitals by US News and World Report.
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