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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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On Aug. 31, the Medicare Board of Trustees released their 2021 annual report, which continues to project insolvency for Medicare’s HI Trust Fund in 2026.

  • Sept. 3, 2021
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MedPAC met on Sept. 2 to discuss the context for Medicare payment policy and assess COVID-19 impact on Medicare payment adequacy in 2022.

  • Sept. 3, 2021
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The AAMC called on the HHS to delay implementation of certain provisions of the No Surprises Act.

  • Sept. 3, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

Nearly 70 members of the GME Advocacy Coalition sent a letter to committee leads in support of including additional GME slots in reconciliation.

  • Sept. 1, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC comments on surprise billing Part 1 interim final rule

  • Aug. 31, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) on developing an impleme

  • Aug. 31, 2021
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The AAMC supports PCORI’s proposed National Priorities for Health and the development of these priorities to inform PCORI’s research agenda.

  • Aug. 27, 2021
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The AAMC joined 50 stakeholders in an Aug. 24 letter to federal agencies in support of mask requirements on public transportation.

  • Aug. 27, 2021
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House Democrats approved the FY 2022 budget resolution, setting up a reconciliation package that is expected to include priorities for academic medicine.

  • Aug. 27, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) regarding the proposed national priorities for health.

  • Aug. 27, 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 – 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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