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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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Washington Highlights

On Dec. 29, President Biden signed the FY 2023 omnibus package including new GME slots and other patient care policies.

  • January 4, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On Dec. 29, President Biden signed the FY 2023 omnibus package, including all 12 FY 2023 appropriations bills.

  • January 4, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC submitted comments to the FDA for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Protection of Human Subjects and Institutional Review Boards.

  • December 28, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC submitted comments to the FDA for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Institutional Review Boards; Cooperative Research.

  • December 28, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC released a statement commenting on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 that would fund the federal government through the end of FY 2023.

  • December 20, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Dec. 12, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality issued an RFI on how to advance patient and workforce safety through a national action alliance.

  • December 16, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Dec. 16, President Biden signed a CR through Dec. 23, while Congress completes FY 23 spending bills.

  • December 16, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Dec. 13, SAMHSA issued a proposed rule that expands access to opioid use disorder treatments provided by opioid treatment programs (OTPs).

  • December 16, 2022
Washington Highlights

The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director met on Dec. 8-9 to discuss ARPA-H, proposed changes to peer review criteria, and other key items.

  • December 16, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC released its annual applicant and enrollment data for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • December 13, 2022

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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