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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.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.

AAMC Statement on Anthony Fauci, MD, Stepping Down From Government Service

The AAMC issued a statement in response to the announcement that Anthony S. Fauci, MD, will step down in December 2022.

August 22, 2022

AAMC Statement

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 AAMC submitted testimony and letters to congressional appropriators and authorizers detailing recommendations for fiscal year 2023 funding priorities.

  • May 27, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted testimony to the House Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee including funding recommendations for Department of HHS programs in FY 2023.

  • May 26, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted testimony to the Senate Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee including funding recommendations for Department of HHS programs in FY 2023.

  • May 11, 2022
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The Senate voted on Feb. 17 to pass and send to the president’s desk the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, a bill endorsed by the AAMC.

  • February 25, 2022
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously advanced the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act on Nov. 17, among other health bills.

  • November 19, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Joins Letter Requesting Additional Funding for Telehealth Resource Centers in FY 2022 LHHS Appropriations Act

  • September 15, 2021
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AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, testified at a Senate HELP subcommittee hearing on the physician workforce shortage.

  • May 21, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC President and CEO Written Testimony for HELP Subcommittee Hearing

  • May 20, 2021
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The House Ways and Means Committee released a Government Accountability Office report on maternal morbidity and mortality.

  • May 14, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC and members of the academic medicine community held a congressional briefing, “Building a Diverse Physician Workforce from Pre K to Practice.”

  • April 30, 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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