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Medical Research

Medical schools and teaching hospitals pioneer discoveries and innovations that save lives and transform health care.

Scientists and physicians at medical schools and teaching hospitals discover new treatments and bring them from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside. More than half of all research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health is conducted at medical schools and teaching hospitals. The advances and innovations that come from this research save lives and improve the quality of life for millions of patients.

As the leading voice and advocate for America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals, the AAMC champions an environment in which medical discovery can flourish, works to prepare a diverse medical research workforce, and strengthens the integrity of medical research.

A male and female researchers looking in microscope while working together on medical research in laboratory.
A female researcher pipetting samples for testing.
A female doctor putting electrodes on the head of her patient.

What's New in Medical Research

Podcast: A Pivotal Moment for Science: A Conversation with Dr. Francis Collins 

In this episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” David Skorton, AAMC president and CEO, talks with Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health about how the United States can push ahead with the most critical research projects in a time when so much is constrained by unusual circumstances. 

The inaugural season of the "Beyond the White Coat" podcast features providers and researchers in academic medicine who discuss how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast also examines ongoing, difficult conversations around clinical care and research.

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Voices of Academic Medicine

Ross McKinney Jr., MD

“Medical research is truly one of the world’s most powerful tools to improve the quality of other peoples’ lives.”

Ross McKinney Jr., MD, Chief Scientific Officer

Learn Serve Lead

The AAMC’s annual meeting brings together diverse communities from across academic medicine so that professionals may learn from one another, find common ground, and build organizational capacity. 

Affinity Groups

Professional development councils, groups, and organizations provide individuals at member institutions with access to leadership development, networking, and collaboration opportunities.