Academic Relations

Learning Opportunities at Aurora

Academic ResearchAurora Health Care recognizes the importance of educating and training the next generation of health care workers. With over 60 academic affiliations, Aurora's Academic Relations offers students the opportunity to learn from the leading physicians and scientists in their field.

Over 2,000 students receive education and training in Aurora facilities each year, including students in nursing, pharmacy, allied health, informatics, biomedicine, and more than 400 medical students. Academic medicine and research at Aurora include observational surveys, comparative effectiveness, educational methods research, quality improvement, as well as residency and fellowship research.

Academic Medicine at Aurora

Academic medicine has touched on a vast number of fields at Aurora, including urban health issues, cardiac and pulmonary research, oncology research, obstetrical and neonatal outcomes, primary care, nutrition and wellness, chronic disease and geriatric care. Academic medicine in these fields result in patient-centered outcomes in patient care, community services, improved institutional efficiencies, technology, publications and presentations.

Throughout 2012, Aurora physicians, researchers, staff, residents and medical students produced materials that have contributed to Aurora's continuing mission to deliver better patient outcomes and help people live well.

Academic medical research at Aurora resulted in new information on nearly every contemporary medical issue, grants were awarded, and honors were given to physicians and medical researchers. As a result of Aurora's innovative research, the Aurora UW Medical Group received 24 honors and awards, 6 grants, made over 150 presentations and posters, and issued more than 55 publications, and 26 published abstracts.

Benefits of Academic Medical Research

Over the year, Aurora caregivers have presented on academic research studies at medical conferences throughout North America, including:

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 50th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • American Geriatrics Society in Seattle, WA
  • American College of Cardiology’s 61stAnnual Scientific Session & Expo in Chicago, IL.
  • STMF Conference on Medical Student Education in Houston, Texas.
  • Conference on Ambulatory Women’s Health Nursing, Contemporary Forums in Boston, MA.
  • Central Agency for Obstetrics and Gynecology 79th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
  • Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) Annual Meeting in Tucson, AZ.
  • North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA
  • A significant number of medical and academic conferences statewide in Wisconsin.

"This effort brought new insights and ideas into our medical community this past year," said Dennis Baumgardner, MD, director of research for Aurora UW Medical Group and associate director for the Center for Urban Population Health. "Many of our faculty and staff were honored by major medical organizations for their outstanding efforts in advancing specific areas of research, focusing on new issues, and presenting forceful, empirically generated ideas and solutions to problems."

The collaborative nature of academic medical research may well result in new connections, which Dr. Baumgardner encourages. "Aurora UW Medical Group faculty are open to collaboration with others on research and scholarly activities, and are eligible to participate in projects developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Institute for Clinical Translational Research, the Wisconsin Network for Health Research, Wisconsin Research and Education Network, and other research networks," said Dr. Baumgardner. "Our focus on continuing improvement and quality health care is initiated through research, so we are always interested in developing successful research efforts."