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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.

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AAMC Statement on President Biden’s Intention to Appoint Monica Bertagnolli

The AAMC supports President Biden’s intention to appoint Monica Bertagnolli, MD, as the new director for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the NIH.

August 10, 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 feedback on April 25 to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on defining key terms for public charge ground of inadmissibility.

  • April 29, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments April 25 to Department of Homeland Security proposals to define key terms for public charge ground of inadmissibility

  • April 25, 2022
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The AAMC joined higher education groups in a March 22 letter to congressional leaders regarding the upcoming conference of competitiveness bills.

  • March 25, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined over 20 higher education groups in a letter to Congressional leaders outlining priorities for conferencing competitiveness legislation.

  • March 22, 2022
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Washington Highlights

President Joe Biden gave his first State of the Union address on March 1, highlighting a “unity agenda” with four health priorities.

  • March 4, 2022
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility on Feb. 24.

  • February 25, 2022
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AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, testified at a Feb. 15 House subcommittee hearing on the role of physician immigration in U.S. health care.

  • February 18, 2022
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The AAMC joined higher education groups in a Feb. 11 comment letter regarding proposed clarifications to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

  • February 18, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC President and CEO Testimony to House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee

  • February 15, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 15 higher education associations in a comment letter in response to a Department of Justice Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the

  • February 11, 2022
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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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