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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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U.S. House Members Introduce Resolution Designating June 10-14 as Academic Medicine Week

Reps. Castor and Fitzpatrick introduce congressional resolution designating June 10-14 as Academic Medicine Week.

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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 submitted comments to the PAHPA reauthorization RFI from Senate HELP Committee Chair Sanders, Ranking Member Cassidy, and Senators Casey and Romney.

  • March 29, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC announced its support for the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2023 (H.R. 2389).

  • March 28, 2023
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Washington Highlights

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra testified on the administration’s FY 2024 funding request before the Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee.

  • March 24, 2023
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The AAMC and 76 other organizations in a March 21 letter urged Congress to take action protecting DACA recipients.

  • March 24, 2023
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The AAMC, Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, and HPNEC submitted outside witness testimony for FY 24 to the House Labor-HHS appropriations subcommittee.

  • March 24, 2023
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HS Secretary Xavier Becerra addressed the Senate Finance Committee on March 22 regarding the department’s FY 2024 budget request.

  • March 24, 2023
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Washington Highlights

NIH Declines to ‘March-In’ on Cancer Drug, NIST Releases New Bayh-Dole Regulations

  • March 24, 2023
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The Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) met on March 16 and 17 to discuss Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education policy and initiatives.

  • March 24, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined other public health and health-based organizations in urging Congress to appropriate $268 million to the CDC to support community violence inter

  • March 24, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined nearly 90 organizations in urging appropriators to provide increased funding for data modernization at the CDC in FY 2024.

  • March 24, 2023
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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.

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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