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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. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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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 joined a Feb. 28 ACE letter opposing the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act (BWPA) until the House decides on new offset.

  • March 1, 2024
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Congress passed an additional continuing resolution on Feb 29 to extend fiscal year 2023 funding temporarily through March 8 and March 22.

  • March 1, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined a letter with 170 other organizations requesting robust funding for AHRQ in FY 2025 to support health services research.

  • March 1, 2024
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The AAMC joined 51 organizations in a Feb. 27 letter in support of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act.

  • March 1, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joins 14 other organizations in ACE group letter urging Congress to oppose the cost offset for BWPA to ensure participation in federal lending programs

  • Feb. 27, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 51 other organizations in a sign-on letter in support of the House Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act.

  • Feb. 27, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 51 other organizations in a sign-on letter in support of the Senate Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act.

  • Feb. 27, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined the Friends of AHRQ in a letter to appropriators urging no less than $500 million for AHRQ in FY 2025.

  • Feb. 24, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The CMS issued a final rule affecting the calculation of the Medicaid DSH hospital-specific limit and identifying hospitals exempt from the new calculation.

  • Feb. 23, 2024
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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • Feb. 23, 2024

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 GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

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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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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