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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.

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.

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 White House announced on March 30 that President Joe Biden will sign a measure to end the national COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration.

  • March 31, 2023
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On March 28 and 29, the HHS secretary testified before the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees on the department’s FY 2024 budget request.

  • March 31, 2023
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On Mar. 28 the DEA issued guidance on the eight-hour training requirement for the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disord

  • March 31, 2023
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The AAMC and AACOM sent a joint letter opposing the updated definitions of “third-party servicers,” which would include clinical rotations and preceptors.

  • March 31, 2023
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On March 21, the AAMC joined 32 other organizations in support of robust FY 24 funding for the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program.

  • March 31, 2023
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The AAMC provided legislative recommendations in response to a request for information by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

  • March 31, 2023
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On March 28, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing examining the drivers of high health care spending.

  • March 31, 2023
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On March 29, the AAMC submitted recommendations on Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) reauthorization to the Senate HELP Committee.

  • March 31, 2023
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Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) introduced the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act on March 29.

  • March 31, 2023
Issue Brief

Some VBC models have achieved net savings, while others have resulted in relatively modest net spending. Are we measuring “value” appropriately?

  • March 30, 2023
Graph showing CMMI net savings in millions of U.S. dollars (x-axis) for 11 different CMMI value-based care models (y-axis), from the model with the most savings, the Maryland All-Payer Model, with almost one billion dollars in net savings, to the model with the least savings, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Model 2, with minus-$500,000.

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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