The UMMS Academy of Clinical Essentials (ACE), a revolutionary academic-practice partnership between the University of Maryland Medical System and regional schools of nursing, reimagines the education and transition to practice of new graduate nurses while still supporting the current nursing workforce.

ACE pairs four nursing students with an UMMS-funded bedside nurse, who also serves as their clinical instructor, to provide care throughout a full 12.5 hour shift and for a full patient assignment each week. The instructor-led cohort is equal to one nurse in the unit's staffing numbers.