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

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This one-pager explains the graduate medical education (GME) program and how it works to offer physicians hands-on training after medical school.

  • Jan. 25, 2024
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Advocacy & Policy

This document highlights key policy priorities for the AAMC in the areas of medical education, patient care, research, and community collaboration

  • Jan. 25, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined other hospital groups in a letter of support for the SAVE Act (S. 2768).

  • Jan. 24, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined other hospital groups in a letter of support for the SAVE Act (H.R. 2584).

  • Jan. 24, 2024
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Washington Highlights

MedPAC met Jan. 11 and 12 to discuss and vote on recommendations for payment adequacy for physician and hospital inpatient and outpatient services in 2025.

  • Jan. 19, 2024
Washington Highlights

The CMS released a Jan. 17 final rule aimed at improving the electronic exchange of health information and prior authorization processes.

  • Jan. 19, 2024
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Washington Highlights

Congress passed, and the President signed a two-tiered continuing resolution that would extend FY 2023 funding through March 1 and March 8.

  • Jan. 19, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined 125 other organizations in a letter urging Congress to reauthorize the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act.

  • Jan. 19, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC applauded the introduction of the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act on Jan. 18.

  • Jan. 19, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC has supported the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act.

  • Jan. 18, 2024
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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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