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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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How Academic Medicine Serves Rural Communities Across the Country

The AAMC has published a new resource that highlights how AAMC-member teaching hospitals and medical schools are serving patients in rural communities across the nation.

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AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined others in a sign-on letter expressing concerns with recent proposed changes to state-directed payments (SDPs) under Medicaid managed care.

  • Nov. 29, 2023
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The AAMC joined other organizations in a letter to congressional leadership, urging them to avoid cuts to physicians.

  • Nov. 16, 2023
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Letter from AAMC, AAU, and APLU opposing an amendment to the House Labor-HHS bill limiting NIH reimbursement for facilities and administrative costs.

  • Nov. 14, 2023
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The AAMC Center for Health Justice submits comments to HHS on proposed amendments to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

  • Nov. 13, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Joins 49 institutions in a group letter to the Department of Labor regarding the overtime proposed rule.

  • Nov. 7, 2023
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AAMC submitted comments to CMS on rule regarding proposed minimum staffing levels for long term care facilities.

  • Nov. 2, 2023
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AAMC joins more than 20 health organizations supporting a legal challenge to a North Dakota ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • Oct. 31, 2023
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AAMC letter to Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Bill Cassidy’s request for information regarding NIH.

  • Oct. 27, 2023
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The AAMC endorsed the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt (POST GRAD) Act

  • Oct. 27, 2023
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The AAMC provided comments to Sen. Cassidy’s RFI on CDC Modernization

  • Oct. 20, 2023
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Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

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AAMC Action

AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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