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Foundations of AAMC History

This digital collection of historical AAMC documents was selected from a larger collection, simply called the “AAMC Collection” in the Mary H. Littlemeyer Archives, to cover a range of activities and important issues that the AAMC has been involved with over its long history.

2014 Annual Report

2012 annual report cover

The AAMC Annual Report highlights key initiatives and accomplishments in 2014, with links to videos, publications, and other resources.


AAMC member institutions include:

  • the 145 accredited U.S. medical schools
  • the 17 accredited Canadian medical schools
  • nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers
  • more than 80 academic societies

Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians.

Each AAMC-member medical school has one primary and up to three alternate student participants in the Organization of Student Representatives. Members of the Organization of Resident Representatives are appointed by academic societies that represent department chairs and program directors.

Eligible Institutions

Medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) are eligible for AAMC membership.

Teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada are eligible if they are affiliated with a medical school member and offer residency programs in at least four specialties. (The latter requirement may be waived for specialty institutions such as psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals.)

Academic society members are 501(c) organizations with primary missions that include advancing medical education and/or biomedical research.

Member Benefits

  • Representatives of AAMC member institutions enjoy benefits that include professional groups and meetings, valuable data, service programs, and numerous publications.
  • The member price for publications is extended to individuals at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals.
  • Members of AAMC professional development groups may have access to members-only resources on the AAMC website.


AAMC constituents network with their colleagues through more than 70 meetings sponsored annually by the association's professional development groups, advisory panels, and special-issue task forces. The AAMC annual meeting, held each fall, continues to be the largest regular gathering of leaders in academic medicine.

The association also offers opportunities for professional development through its executive development seminars for deans and department chairs and its faculty development and leadership programs, and through numerous conference calls on specific issues.

Professional Development Groups

The AAMC supports a number of professional development groups for individuals in leadership positions at member medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. AAMC professional development groups foster growth and leadership skills and provide opportunities for networking and information sharing.

All individuals at U.S. and Canadian medical schools with an interest in medical education may join the Group on Educational Affairs. Membership in all other groups requires appointment by the medical school dean, teaching hospital executive, or academic society president.

About AAMC Member Institutions

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Annual AAMC Awards and Lectures

Awards and lectures recognizing leadership by AAMC-member institutions and their faculty and staff

Academic Medicine: Where Patients Turn for Hope

Academic Medicine: Where Patients Turn for Hope

Academic medicine educates future physicians, serves communities, pioneers medical breakthroughs, and plays a key role in the economy.