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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.

Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach

On October 11, the AAMC held a virtual congressional briefing outlining the potential benefit of integrated behavioral health models.

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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Press Releases Faculty Medicare/Medicaid
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The AAMC applauds the Senate for passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which would benefit patients by increasing access to care nationwide.

  • August 8, 2022
U.S. Capitol
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On December 2, the AAMC issued a statement on the release of a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government through Feb. 18, 2022.

  • December 2, 2021
U.S. Capitol
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The AAMC issued this statement on the House committees' markup of the Build Back Better Act, which includes key health infrastructure priorities.

  • September 16, 2021
Capitol building, Washington, DC
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The United States could see an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care.

  • June 11, 2021
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The AAMC issued this statement statement on the introduction of the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • May 20, 2021
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AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021

  • March 26, 2021
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Statement on the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • February 19, 2021
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The AAMC issued this statement following the passage of legislation (H.R. 133) that would fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2021.

  • December 22, 2020
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Karen Fisher, JD, Chief Public Policy Officer issued the following statement on MFAR.

  • September 15, 2020
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The AAMC issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s FY 2021 budget request.

  • February 10, 2020

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 FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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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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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