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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.

Academic Medicine: What starts here saves lives

Demonstrating the Value of Academic Medicine to a New Congress

A new AAMC initiative highlights academic medicine’s leading role in medical research and discovery, medical education and training, and health care delivery.

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 provides comments to VA on Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care Across state lines.

  • December 24, 2020
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC provides comments to HHS on regulatory changes implemented during the PHE that we support making permanent.

  • December 24, 2020
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC provides comments to HHS on best practices in Health Care in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

  • December 24, 2020
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Washington Highlights

Congress passed federal funding on Dec. 21 for the remainder of FY 2021, which includes funding for the NIH, CDC, HRSA, VA, and NSF.

  • December 23, 2020
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Washington Highlights

Congress passed a year-end package containing COVID-19 relief, Medicaid and other health extenders, and surprise billing.

  • December 23, 2020
Washington Highlights

Congress passed a historic increase to the Medicare graduate medical education (GME) program on Dec. 21 — the first increase to the program in nearly 25 years.

  • December 23, 2020
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Press Release

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
Press Release

The AAMC issued a statement on the the inclusion of support for expanded Medicare GME positions in the

  • December 21, 2020
Washington Highlights

The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director convened to hear COVID-19 updates on vaccines, long-term health impacts, and community engagement.

  • December 18, 2020
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC and national health care organizations issued a statement calling for immediate action to implement crisis standards of care during the COVID-19 surge.

  • December 18, 2020
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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 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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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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