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About Us

Tomorrow’s Doctors, Tomorrow’s Cures

The AAMC leads and serves the academic medicine community to improve the health of people everywhere. Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations.

Key Facts

Our member institutions represent the full spectrum of medical education:

171 accredited U.S. & Canadian medical schools
400+ teaching hospitals & health systems, including Veterans Affairs medical centers
70+ academic societies

We lead and serve our member institutions, as well as the following communities:

193,000+ full-time faculty members
153,000+ resident physicians
96,000+ medical students

Who We Are

David J. Skorton, MD


Our forward-looking leadership team is dedicated, focused, and experienced. The AAMC leadership is united in leading and serving the academic medicine community to improve the health of people everywhere.

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Board of Directors

The AAMC is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors.

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Institutional Membership

As a member of the AAMC, your medical school, teaching hospital, or academic society makes an investment in your institution, the academic medicine community, and the future of health care.  

Membership Details


AAMC History

The AAMC was founded in 1876, by a group of educators and established basic practices for medical schools. 

Timeline of AAMC's history

What We Do

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A Healthier Future for All: The AAMC Strategic Plan

The AAMC's strategic plan takes a clear-eyed perspective of the environment, defines priorities, sets common goals, establishes agreement around intended outcomes, and charts an effective course for the future.

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Mission Areas

The AAMC focuses on transforming health care in four primary mission areas: medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations.

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Grants and Awards Received by the AAMC

The AAMC receives a number of grants and awards that assist us in conducting our work.

Grants and Awards Received

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AAMC Awards

The AAMC honors individuals and organizations making significant contributions to improve the health of all.

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Medical School Accreditation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the reliable authority for the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the MD degree. The LCME is sponsored by the AAMC and the American Medical Association, though it has final authority for the adoption of new or revised accreditation standards or policies. It operates independently in conducting evaluations of and making decisions about the accreditation status of medical education programs. More About the LCME