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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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Register for AAMC virtual congressional briefing on IBH

This briefing will focus on “integrated behavioral health” (IBH), which is defined as the treatment of physical health in concert with behavioral health.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at 12 p.m. ET

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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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Unconscious Bias Ethics
Washington Highlights

On June 16, The AAMC commented on the National Institute on Drug Abuse Racial Equity Initiative Action Plan.

  • June 24, 2022
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC comments on the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse Racial Equity Initiative Action Plan

  • June 16, 2022
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The AAMC joined more than 90 higher education groups in a March 3 statement regarding the importance of preserving free and open academic inquiry on campus.

  • March 11, 2022
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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 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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In response to a request for information, the AAMC submitted comments to guide the OSTP and the NSF to develop a shared, national AI infrastructure.

  • September 10, 2021
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AAMC Center for Health Justice supports the OMB’s request for input to advance equity across government agencies.

  • July 9, 2021
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The NIH Council of Councils that oversees the NIH Common Fund discussed addressing racism in research and other initiatives on May 20-21.

  • May 28, 2021
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The NIH Director’s Advisory Committee met to approve development of an artificial intelligence and machine learning research program

  • May 14, 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.

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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