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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.

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.

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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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Washington Highlights

The President is expected to sign the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023.

  • June 2, 2023
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Washington Highlights

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • June 2, 2023
Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments June 2, 2023 to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on a draft Research Security Programs Standard Requir

  • June 2, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

Debt Ceiling Deal List of Rescissions

  • June 2, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On May 22, the AAMC joined 20-plus health organizations supporting a legal challenge to a Kentucky ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • May 26, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 24 marked up and passed the PATIENT Act of 2023.

  • May 26, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined members of the GME Advocacy Coalition in supporting the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2023.

  • May 26, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC signed a letter on May 22 with other health care partners in support of the SALSA Act.

  • May 26, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The FTC May 18 released proposals to strengthen and modernize the Health Breach Notification Rule to clarify applicability to apps and similar technology.

  • May 26, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC and other hospital stakeholders sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee leaders opposing so-called Medicare site neutral payment policy.

  • May 23, 2023
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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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