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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

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

AAMC joins more than 20 health organizations supporting a legal challenge to an Indiana ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • Sept. 26, 2023
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Press Release

The AAMC named Pierre Joanis, MBA, as its next chief human resources officer, effective Oct. 16.

  • Sept. 26, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC submits comments on proposed rule issued by the Departments of HHS, Labor and Treasury on enforcement of mental health parity and equity requirements.

  • Sept. 25, 2023
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Washington Highlights

MACPAC met on Sept. 21 and 22 to discuss supplemental payments and the proposed rule on nursing facility staffing.

  • Sept. 22, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on Sept. 19 on the implementation of the No Surprises Act.

  • Sept. 22, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On Sept. 20, the AAMC joined more than 100 organizations urging Congress to reject cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

  • Sept. 22, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC sent a letter to the Senate HELP Committee ahead of its markup on the Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act (S. 2840). 

  • Sept. 22, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On Sept. 19, the AAMC organized a booth at D.C. Mayor Bowser’s Maternal and Infant Health Summit

  • Sept. 22, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On Sept. 19 and 20, the AAMC sponsored an exhibit at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 2023 Leadership Conference.

  • Sept. 22, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC participated in a Sept. 20 panel discussion on increasing the black physician workforce.

  • Sept. 22, 2023
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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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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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