UTMB’s Dr. Bill Mileski and Sandy Murdock recently briefed congressional staffers on the critical role teaching hospitals play in operating the country’s highest level trauma centers at a Capitol Hill presentation sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Boston-area teaching hospitals’ coordinated response to the marathon bombings demonstrates the vital need for Level I trauma centers in communities. Moreover, the closure of the trauma center at UTMB [after Hurricane Ike] is a cautionary example of the disruption caused to an entire region when a trauma center goes offline.