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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



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 Sept. 27 comment letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on its interim final rule related to reproductive health care services.

  • September 30, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Submits Comments to the VA on its Interim Final Rule Supporting Coverage of Reproductive Health Care Services.

  • September 27, 2022
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Press Release

AAMC delivered the following testimony during an NRMP Board of Directors and leadership meeting on Sept. 16, 2022 on the two-phase main residency Match proposal

  • September 19, 2022
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The House of Representatives passed the chamber’s first six FY 2023 spending bills, including funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on July 20.

  • July 22, 2022
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The AAMC submitted comments to the VA on a proposed GME Pilot Program to provide funding for no fewer than 100 VA residency positions at non-VA facilities.

  • July 8, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The Pilot Program will place no fewer than 100 residents at VA covered facilities and cover certain costs associated with training and starting new programs

  • July 5, 2022
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The House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2023 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bill on June 23.

  • July 1, 2022
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The House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee marked up and approved its FY 2023 spending bill on June 15.

  • June 17, 2022
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The AAMC submitted a May 11 statement to House and Senate Veterans Affairs (VA) committees on the importance of VA-academic affiliations to veteran health care.

  • May 13, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a statement for the record to Congressional VA Committees on the importance of VA affiliations with U.S. medical schools and teaching hospita

  • May 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.

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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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