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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



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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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted an April 1 letter in response to an RFI on the NIH-wide strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility.

  • April 1, 2022
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Washington Highlights

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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Congress passed legislation to avoid scheduled Medicare provider payment cuts.

  • December 10, 2021
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Washington Highlights

President Biden signed a continuing resolution for FY 2022, funding the government until Feb. 18, 2022, but Congress failed to address pending Medicare cuts.

  • December 3, 2021
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The AAMC published a report on academic medicine wellness initiatives, while the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee advanced the Lorna Breen Act.

  • November 5, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

Over 150 House members sent a letter to the Departments of HHS, Treasury, and Labor urging action on the recently issues No Surprises Act IFR.

  • November 5, 2021
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On Oct. 26, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on seven health workforce bills, including the Lorna Breen Act.

  • October 29, 2021
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Over 245 members of the House of Representatives sent a Dear Colleague Letter to congressional leadership on Oct.14 urging action on upcoming Medicare cuts.

  • October 22, 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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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC and three other higher education associations submitted comments on how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could strengthen the nation’s innovation s

  • February 23, 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

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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