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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

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 joined nearly 100 organizations in a letter to Congress sharing support for the Cancer Moonshot, outlining the need to restart screenings and clinical

  • February 25, 2022
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The AAMC joined 15 higher education associations in a comment letter in response to a Department of Justice Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the

  • February 11, 2022
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AAMC President and CEO Dr. David Skorton sent a Feb. 2 letter to Senators urging their support for the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be the next FDA commis

  • February 2, 2022
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The AAMC sent a Dec. 13 letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of the nomination of Robert Califf, MD, to be the next c

  • December 13, 2021
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The AAMC joined members of the Coalition for National Science Funding in a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and T

  • November 5, 2021
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The AAMC joined four higher education associations in a letter to the Office of Science and Technology Policy with comments on the upcoming research security gu

  • September 30, 2021
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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

The AAMC sent a letter April 20 to the president and congressional leaders on research, workforce, and public health priorities for the infrastructure packages.

  • April 20, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

Higher Ed Community Letter to DPC Urging the Elimination Origination Fees Elimination

  • April 19, 2021
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The AAMC joined over 200 organizations in a March 24 letter urging President Biden to support RISE Act funding for federal research agencies in a future COVID-1

  • March 24, 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.

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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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