What to Expect at a Teaching Hospital
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. This association helps keep our health care providers at the forefront of medical knowledge.
In a teaching hospital, most patients are seen and examined by more than one physician. Care may be coordinated by a staff physician specializing in the care of acutely ill patients. This physician - who may be called a hospitalist, an attending physician,or, in the intensive care unit, an intensivist - works with your own doctor, communicating about your progress and planning for your ongoing care.
You will likely see groups of doctors each day, which will include the doctor coordinating your care and members of our "house staff" -doctors who have graduated from medical school and are here to obtain advanced medical training. This includes interns, residents, and fellows. You may also see nurse practitioners or physician assistants who are part of the health care team.
The medical center also has a number of students who work under the supervision of clinical instructors. You may see students from a variety of fields including medicine, nursing, social work, and nutrition.