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What are the pros and cons of teaching hospitals?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Teaching hospitals often offer better care and more cutting-edge treatment than the hospitals that see nary a med student. They have a responsibility to incorporate the latest techniques and medical advances into their treatments because they're training tomorrow's doctors. That translates into an advantage for you if you're undergoing a tricky surgery or otherwise present a challenging case to your doctor. Having student doctors around keeps doctors on their toes, since the young upstarts are always asking challenging questions ("Why did you just order that test?").

The downside is that they're training tomorrow's doctors, but letting some of them doctor you now. Hey, the new docs have to practice on somebody, right? You can request that only experienced physicians do the important work on you, however. If you're having surgery done at a teaching hospital, for example, you can request the experienced surgeon to perform all parts of the surgery, and to only allow the surgeon-in-training to assist.
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