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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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AAMC Virtual Congressional Briefing on Integrated Behavioral Health

The AAMC will hold a virtual congressional briefing, “Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, from 12-1 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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Washington Highlights

On Aug. 24, the Department of Education announced a multifaceted plan to provide student debt relief, including extending the pause on student loan payments.

  • September 9, 2022
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The AAMC submitted a May 27 letter in response to an NIGMS RFI, “Improving Biomedical Research Training, Career Progression, and the Educational Environment.”

  • June 3, 2022
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Washington Highlights

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced on Dec. 22, 2021, that the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual has been extended until May 1.

  • January 7, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC released its annual applicant and enrollment data for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • December 8, 2021
Washington Highlights

On Sept. 23, the AAMC submitted comments to the Department of Education on the importance of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and how to improve it.

  • September 30, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Responds to RFI regarding Public Service Loan Forgiveness

  • September 23, 2021
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Press Release

The AAMC issued the following statement upon release of the final report of the Coalition for Physician Accountability’s UGRC.

  • August 26, 2021
Washington Highlights

The Senate passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Act on Aug. 5.

  • August 13, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC and other health professions education groups endorsed the POST GRAD Act, which would reinstate Federal Direct Subsidized Loans for graduate students.

  • July 30, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

FASHP Letter Endorsing POST GRAD Act

  • July 1, 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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