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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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The AAMC submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health on proposed updates and long-term considerations for the genomic data sharing policy.

  • February 25, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health on proposed updates and long-term considerations for the genomic data sharing policy.

  • February 25, 2022
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The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director met on Dec. 9 and 10 to discuss COVID-19, the NIH’s initiative to address structural racism, and other key items.

  • December 17, 2021
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Press Release

The AAMC released its annual applicant and enrollment data for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • December 8, 2021
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The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held an Oct. 5 hearing, “Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise.”

  • October 8, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

GME Advocacy Coalition Supports GME As Part of Infrastructure

  • May 18, 2021
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The Biden administration announced $1.7 billion in new funding to support the expansion of genomic sequencing technologies.

  • April 30, 2021
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Senators marked up the Strategic Competition Act and introduced the Endless Frontier Act, two bills aimed at addressing competitiveness with China.

  • April 23, 2021
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The Senate HELP Committee held an April 22 hearing on protecting U.S. biomedical research from undue foreign influence that included testimony from the NIH.

  • April 23, 2021
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The AAMC, AAU, APLU, and COGR submitted joint comments to the USPTO’s National Council for Expanding American Innovation.

  • February 26, 2021
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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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