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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.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.

AAMC Statement on Anthony Fauci, MD, Stepping Down From Government Service

The AAMC issued a statement in response to the announcement that Anthony S. Fauci, MD, will step down in December 2022.

August 22, 2022

AAMC Statement

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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The AAMC submitted a May 27 letter in response to an NIGMS RFI, “Improving Biomedical Research Training, Career Progression, and the Educational Environment.”

  • June 3, 2022
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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced on Dec. 22, 2021, that the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual has been extended until May 1.

  • January 7, 2022
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The Senate passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Act on Aug. 5.

  • August 13, 2021
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The Senate HELP Committee marked up six bills including the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act and the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act.

  • May 27, 2021
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The AAMC and members of the academic medicine community held a congressional briefing, “Building a Diverse Physician Workforce from Pre K to Practice.”

  • April 30, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments to the Senate HELP Committee on policies that can improve the training of the nation’s health workforce.

  • April 16, 2021
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Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced legislation on April 8 that would forgive all student loans for COVID-19 frontline health workers.

  • April 9, 2021
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The AAMC endorsed bipartisan legislation that would provide $5 billion in emergency funding to the National Health Service Corps.

  • January 28, 2021
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On Dec. 3, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos extended the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual through Jan. 31, 2021.

  • December 11, 2020
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The AAMC and higher education organizations urge Secretary DeVos to extend the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual.

  • November 24, 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.

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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