ACADEMICS & RESEARCH: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Education has been an integral and valued component of the mission of Hartford Hospital. In 1877, the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing was established as the fourth school of nursing in the United States. In 1942, Hartford Hospital appointed a director of medical education which was the first position of this kind in a nonuniversity teaching hospital in the United States. Today Hartford Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and provides extensive education for physicians in the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate arena. It also provides educational opportunities for nurses and allied health providers. In 2007, the hospital was certified as a Level I Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons. This institute is one of over 60 nationally certified simulations centers which are dedicated to enhancing patient safety through simulated education. The simulation center at Hartford Hospital was initiated in 2004 and has been expanded to become the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI). Hartford Hospital has an extensive Department of Education and maintains affiliation agreements with 23 organizations. There are 25 residency and fellowship programs offered at Hartford Hospital through the University of Connecticut and 16 programs are offered by the hospital independently. Hartford Hospital offers an extensive program of education and continuing education for members of the Department of Nursing. Five area schools of nursing use Hartford Hospital as a clinical site. In addition, Hartford Hospital maintains a school of allied health as well as an extensive of EMS education. The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health designated Hartford Hospital as a Center of Excellence for Disaster Preparedness. Hartford Hospital is responsible for assessment planning and training in the 15 acute care hospitals and 76 communities that make up the northern tier of Connecticut. There are multiple different groups that participate in education at the Education Institute. They include anesthesia residents, cardiology fellows, emergency medicine residents, OB-Gyn residents, surgical residents, toxicology fellows, trauma fellows, Hartford Hospital nursing staff, and LIFE STAR air medical providers. Some of the specific educational programs are the Advanced Trauma Operative Management, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Basic and Advanced Airway Management, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Operating Room crisis management, ICU crisis management, Anesthesia crisis management, Obstetrical emergency care, as well as Orientation to critical care nursing, cardiology nursing, and fire safety. Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation Hartford Hospital has implemented an innovative approach to standardizing and delivering a uniform standard of care throughout the institution. The method is that a curriculum is developed jointly with the clinical department leaders in medicine, nursing, and allied health. This curriculum embodies cognitive as well as psychomotor competencies. The students are then brought to the simulation center for didactic education followed by clinical scenarios in a real patient environment with modern mannequins. The full range of clinical activities from resuscitation in the emergency department, management in the intensive care unit, management in the operating room, management on patient floors, disaster management, and management in the air medical environment are provided with real cases and experienced instructors. The students are then asked to perform standard procedures both individually and as a team. This process is then evaluated and debriefed. A similar process has been implemented for more sophisticated and innovative programs such as robotic laparoscopic, general, renal, and OB Gyn surgery. The surgeons and the surgical team is brought into the simulation center and trained with robots in the simulation environment. The team then goes to the biolaboratory for training in a large animal model where real procedures are performed in a fully monitored operating room environment. There are similar procedures for peripheral vascular and cardiovascular interventions. There are numerous educational opportunities for nurses both individually and in a team environment in the emergency department, intensive care, and nursing unit environments. The goal of this educational activity is to increase and improve the cognitive and psychomotor skills of the individual practitioner and the team interacting with the patient. Another goal is to standardize the educational process across the entire hospital by educating all groups on the use of various types of equipment such as defibrillators. Once competence has been achieved with the specific device, the provider is then certified and approved to perform the activity in the human environment. Each department provides numerous educational opportunities which are classical lectures along with multidisciplinary panels. These educational opportunities can be telemetered by modern high-definition equipment to other hospitals elsewhere in the region, the nation or world-wide. Participants in other hospitals can join in real time interactive discussions with the panel or the lecturer. Many of these programs are certified for continuing medical education with state and national accrediting bodies. Research Hartford Healthcare is dedicated to the mission to bringing the best approach, latest advances and innovative platforms to patients seeking excellence in healthcare. The commitment to research is fundamental to learning from clinical outcomes and improving upon today’s standard of care. Research drives the practice of evidence based medicine and adoption of new therapeutic approaches into our clinical practice. To that end, culture of research is essential and integral to our commitment to train the next generation of physician leaders, to establish excellence in clinical care by through definitive research to fuel the next generation of advances in medicine. Our commitment to education and research is critical to our reputation as a high reliability academic health center with active research programs and big data analytic expertise. The research program is integrated across every therapeutic area and helps to establish national leadership and support education of medical staff, residents and allied health professionals in a collaborative research model that addresses high priority questions in clinical care and patient safety. The dissemination of knowledge into actionable healthcare improvements is facilitated by publishing high quality research that ultimately represents meaningful outcomes to patients. Our goal is to lead and innovate in high impact areas that will transform healthcare for our patients and community by leveraging our expertise in clinical care, translational research, education, and training into new models of caring for patients. HHC has nationally recognized research programs in Cardiology, Oncology, Obesity and metabolic disease, Psychiatry, Infectious Disease, Urology, Surgery, Neurology, Radiology, and a burgeoning program in biospecimen science that will support the launch of personalized medicine through specialized system wide core in genomics data analysis and research. A key strength is our capability to implement cross disciplinary programs in obesity, geriatrics and women’s health and the expertise to design innovative approaches to complex diseases. In 2014, over $9M was invested by external agencies to conduct research that will advance our understanding of disease and accelerate the development of more effective treatments. The research program underscores Hartford’s commitment to being a leader in the next generation of medical care.