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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

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Research

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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Workforce

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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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Press Release

The AAMC and NMA announced a grant program to foster foster diversity and inclusion in the medical field and address the shortage of Black male physicians.

  • April 11, 2024
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins more than 20 health groups urging affirmance of preliminary injunction against Montana ban on gender-affirming care provided to adolescents.

  • April 11, 2024
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Press Release

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.

  • March 26, 2024
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Washington Highlights

AAMC opposes EDUCATE Act and anti-DEI policies that prohibit medical schools from receiving federal funds.

  • March 22, 2024
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Press Release

The AAMC issued a statement on the development of medical school curriculum.

  • March 18, 2024
Washington Highlights

AAMC joined more than 20 health groups on urging affirmance of preliminary injunction against an Idaho ban on gender-affirming care provided to adolescents.

  • March 15, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins more than 20 health groups urging affirmance of preliminary injunction against Idaho ban on gender-affirming care provided to adolescents.

  • March 12, 2024
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Washington Highlights

On March 4 the Administration finalized new rules to protect beneficiaries of federally funded social services. 

  • March 8, 2024
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Press Release

The AAMC recognizes two Members of Congress as recipients of the 2024 AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award.

  • March 5, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined a letter with 170 other organizations requesting robust funding for AHRQ in FY 2025 to support health services research.

  • March 1, 2024
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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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