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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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Statement on Improving Health Through DEI

The AAMC and other health care and medical associations made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, to help improve our nation’s health.

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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 a letter with over 200 children urging Congressional leaders to support 12-months of continuous eligibility for children in Medicaid and CHIP in

  • Sept. 14, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Submits Comments to CMS on CY2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rules

  • Sept. 13, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The House begins the mark-up of the Build Back Better Act, legislation impacting many aspects of academic medicine.

  • Sept. 10, 2021
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Washington Highlights

On Sept. 9, President Joe Biden announced a six-step national strategy to further combat COVID-19, including new vaccine mandates.

  • Sept. 10, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined a group letter to HHS on advancing health equity and value through innovative alternative payment models

  • Sept. 10, 2021
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Washington Highlights

A new drug pricing proposal from the HHS identifies three guiding principles to lower drug costs.

  • Sept. 10, 2021
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Washington Highlights

In response to a request for information, the AAMC submitted comments to guide the OSTP and the NSF to develop a shared, national AI infrastructure.

  • Sept. 10, 2021
Washington Highlights

The GME Advocacy Coalition sent a letter to committee leaders in support of including additional Medicare-supported GME slots in reconciliation legislation.

  • Sept. 10, 2021
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Signs Joint Letter to HHS on Advancing Health Equity and Value

  • Sept. 9, 2021
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AAMC Research and Action Institute

A reflection on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations for how the U.S. can be better prepared for the next pandemic.

  • Sept. 6, 2021
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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.

The 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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