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Annual Report 2015

A Message from the President and CEO

Darrell G. Kirch, MD

Friends and Colleagues,

We start each year with a mix of hope for what lies ahead and a resolve to do greater things in the coming months. It is also a time to look back on what we have achieved.

As I reflect on 2015, I am encouraged by how much we accomplished. And when I say “we,” I mean all of us—all 145 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, and more than 80 academic societies that make up the AAMC community.

Narrowing the achievements of the year to a few key ones is always difficult, but I invite you to read below about several AAMC highlights last year that I am particularly proud to share. These accomplishments are the result of an outstanding and hard-working staff, dedicated AAMC members and constituents, and a board of directors that has provided strong strategic and generative leadership.

On behalf of all my colleagues at the AAMC, I wish you and everyone at your institution all the best in 2016 as we work together to educate tomorrow’s doctors, discover tomorrow’s cures, and improve the health of all.

Warmest regards,

Darrell G. Kirch, MD
President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges

2015 Highlights

Discover how AAMC moved medical education, medical research, and health care forward during the past year through its programs, services, and advocacy efforts.

Providing Value to Academic Medicine

Amount of increase to the NIH budget through AAMC efforts on Capitol Hill.
Visitors to the AAMC Careers in Medicine website, including 21,155 newly registered students seeking information on choosing a specialty.
Constitutents who attended AAMC meetings and webinars.
Number of Medicare slots that would be added at Veterans Affairs-affiliated hospitals thanks to AAMC-endorsed Veterans Affairs health care reforms.
Applications processed and verified through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS) and the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS).
Face-to-face meetings and webinars conducted by the AAMC.
Preserved annually for AAMC-member teaching hospitals by educating lawmakers about the consequences of legislation that would restructure indirect medical education payments.
Provided by the AAMC in fee assistance for students applying to medical school.
Constituents who participated in at least one of the AAMC’s 18 professional development groups.
Federally supported residency training positions that would be added by 2022 through AAMC-supported legislation introduced in 2015.
Letters of recommendation processed through AMCAS and ERAS.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits earned by attendees of AAMC-sponsored meetings and learning offerings.

Advocating for Academic Medicine

The AAMC is where people with expertise in the missions of medical education, health care delivery, and research work alongside leading decision makers on national policy. As the collective voice of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals, the AAMC amplifies the missions of academic medicine in public policy discussions and the media.

    During 2015, members of Congress and their staff contacted AAMC Government Relations experts 1,275 times to seek information and discuss issues vital to the nation’s health and economy. AAMC staff made 395 visits to policymakers and wrote 59 comment letters to represent the position of academic medicine on important issues.
    After more than a decade and countless hours of advocacy work by AAMC staff, member institutions, and the hospital and physician communities, Congress enacted legislation that replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula.
    The AAMC hosted five Capitol Hill briefings in conjunction with the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus and sponsored or participated in several others that addressed the role of medical schools and teaching hospitals in the health of the nation. Topics included strategies to address rural physician shortages and lessons learned from Ebola.
    More than 190,000 pre-meds, medical students, residents, and others joined AAMC Action, the association’s new online grassroots community of activists. Since the campaign began, 32,650 of these advocates took action on graduate medical education issues.
    More than 960 news stories cited the AAMC and the views and perspectives of academic medicine in 2015 in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Modern Healthcare, and on broadcast outlets including NPR, NBC, and CBS.

FY2015 Financials

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