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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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Washington Highlights

On May 23, the surgeon general issued a new advisory that underscores the urgent need to support our health workforce and respond to the burnout crisis.

  • May 27, 2022
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Effective May 10, NIH-funded institutions must report principal investigators removed from their positions due to concerns about harassment.

  • May 13, 2022
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House Democrats on Jan. 25 introduced the America COMPETES Act, legislation aimed at bolstering American competitiveness globally.

  • January 28, 2022
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The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director met June 10-11 to discuss the NIH’s initiative to address structural racism, ARPA-H, COVID-19 and other items.

  • June 17, 2021
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A working group emphasized the importance of treating professional misconduct as seriously as research misconduct.

  • December 19, 2019
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The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee April 2 held a hearing titled “Reauthorizing HEA: Addressing Campus Sexual Assault and Ensuri

  • April 5, 2019
Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC April 2 endorsed the testimony of Anne Meehan, director of government and public affairs at the American Council on Education given to the Senate Healt

  • April 2, 2019
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Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) introduced the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019.

  • January 10, 2019
Press Release

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued a statement regarding the recent report on sexual harassment released by NASEM.

  • June 13, 2018

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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