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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 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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The AAMC joined other health care groups in supporting the Seniors’ Chronic Care Management Improvement Act of 2021.

  • Aug. 6, 2021
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its second agencywide five-year plan highlighting cross-cutting themes.

  • Aug. 6, 2021
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The AAMC-convened Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research joined an Aug. 4 listening session on ARPA-H hosted by the NIH and OSTP.

  • Aug. 6, 2021
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AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, spoke at a July 30 White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force meeting regarding future preparedness.

  • Aug. 6, 2021
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In the FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System final rule, the CMS aligned displaced residents with inpatient acute care hospitals.

  • Aug. 6, 2021
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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its fiscal year 2022 spending bill that sets funding for Veterans Affairs research and other programs on Aug. 4.

  • Aug. 6, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC comments on OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards Interim Final Rule

  • Aug. 2, 2021
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The AAMC responded to a request for information from Democratic congressional leaders on their plans to develop legislation to establish a public option.

  • July 30, 2021
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The AAMC submitted a joint letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on scientific integrity and public trust in science.

  • July 30, 2021
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The AAMC joined a July 29 letter urging Congressional leaders to address children’s mental health care.

  • July 30, 2021
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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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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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