The AAMC hosted a Day of Action on June 7 to urge the Senate to expand Medicare-supported graduate medical education (GME) in its upcoming legislative efforts. The Day of Action targeted efforts to members of Congress currently discussing potential revisions to House Democrats’ Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), which contained 4,000 new Medicare-supported GME positions [refer to Washington Highlights, Dec. 17, 2021].
As part of the Day of Action, the AAMC urged its teaching hospital and medical school members, Congressional champions, grassroots network, and the GME Advocacy Coalition to tweet about the need to expand Medicare-supported GME by using the hashtag #ExpandGME. Several GME champions including Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021 (S. 834/H.R. 2256) leads Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), and Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) shared their support on social media. The AAMC also led Day of Action participants in reaching out to individual congressional offices to reiterate support for expanded GME.