Like all University Medical Centers (UMC), the UMCG has a wider area of responsibilities than regular hospitals. First of all, the UMCG is a final point of referral care is for patients suffering from rare or complicated diseases which are hard to diagnose and/or difficult to treat. Next to that, the UMCG is an educational institution and a center of research. The UMCG offers master and bachelor courses for medical students. Moreover, it also trains doctors who want to specialize in a particular field of medicine. Last but not least, the UMCG offers basic and advanced courses for nurses.