AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, applauded Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) for relaunching the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus (CAMC) and serving as its co-chairs for the 117th Congress.
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.
“We look forward to working with Reps. Castor and McKinley, and all members of the caucus, to continue to improve the health of all through support for the patient care, physician training, groundbreaking research, and community collaborations happening every day at medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country,” stated Dr. Skorton and Fisher.
The co-chairs circulated a Dear Colleague letter to invite additional members of the House of Representatives to join the caucus. The letter noted, “We take pride in the groundbreaking achievements of our nation’s teaching hospitals and medical schools – many of which are in our own backyards. Teaching hospitals and their faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care to patients throughout and beyond the states and districts where they are located. … We recognize the critical role that our nation’s teaching hospitals and medical schools play, especially as they are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. We hope that you will join us in this important effort as we continue to discuss and explore policy approaches to help strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.”