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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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AAMC Encouraged by SCOTUS Decision on Mifepristone Access

The AAMC issued a statement regarding the SCOTUS decision on a case about mifepristone access.

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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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In its June 2024 report to Congress, MACPAC covered topics including Medicaid and CHIP financing transparency and demographic data collection in Medicaid.

  • June 14, 2024
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MedPAC released its June 2024 report to Congress focused on recommendations related to Medicare payment policies.

  • June 14, 2024
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The Supreme Court granted a request to review a case regarding the federal government’s application of the formula for calculating DSH.

  • June 14, 2024
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The AAMC Center for Health Justice responded to the OMB’s request for information on the development of a governmentwide community engagement framework.

  • June 14, 2024
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The AAMC joined an ACE-led letter to oppose the Bipartisan Workforce Pell and DETERRENT Acts as amendments to the FY25 National Defense Authorization Act.

  • June 14, 2024
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The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS in response to the proposed Transforming Episode Accountability Model (TEAM).

  • June 14, 2024
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The AAMC submitted comments on CMS proposals on graduate medical education, inpatient hospital payment, and quality reporting.

  • June 14, 2024
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Rhobie Toussaint joins the AAMC Office of Government Relations as their summer intern.

  • June 14, 2024
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Medical school deans and academic health system CEOs met with members of Congress and staff on June 11 to discuss AAMC advocacy priorities.

  • June 14, 2024
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Reps. Castor and Fitzpatrick led a congressional resolution designating June 10-14 Academic Medicine Week to honor the contributions of academic medicine.

  • June 14, 2024
AMC-supported House Resolution Designates Academic Medicine Week, Honors Efforts
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

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.

FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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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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