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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 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 a Nov. 29 response to a Department of Homeland Security-proposed rule on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

  • November 29, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Submits Letter to Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus

  • September 20, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a joint letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on scientific integrity and public trust in science.

  • July 27, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Letter to VP, Congress, Highlighting Further Recommendations to Address COVID-19 Impact on Academic Medicine

  • April 17, 2020
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Testimony & Correspondence

Community Letter Urging Congress to Increase Funding for CDC REACH

  • September 24, 2019
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Testimony & Correspondence

Community letter signed by 37 higher education organizations, and coordinated by the American Council on Education, supporting the Department of Homeland Securi

  • April 13, 2018
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Dec. 13 led a letter of 60 national health organizations urging congressional leadership to advance legislation as soon as possible to ensure health profes

  • December 13, 2017
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a declaration in support of two legal challenges to the program’s rescission by Geoffrey H. Young, PhD, AAMC senior director for student affa

  • October 26, 2017
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a declaration in support of two legal challenges to the program’s rescission by Chief Academic Officer John E. Prescott, MD.

  • September 25, 2017
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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 – 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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