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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

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Research

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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Workforce

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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An appeals court on Oct. 5 found DACA unlawful, but left the program intact, requiring the lower court to review the program in light of a new DHS final rule.

  • October 7, 2022
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AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, testified at a Feb. 15 House subcommittee hearing on the role of physician immigration in U.S. health care.

  • February 18, 2022
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The AAMC submitted a Nov. 29 response to a Department of Homeland Security-proposed rule on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

  • December 3, 2021
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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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Press Release

The AAMC issued this statement on the House committees' markup of the Build Back Better Act, which includes key health infrastructure priorities.

  • September 16, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The House begins the mark-up of the Build Back Better Act, legislation impacting many aspects of academic medicine.

  • September 10, 2021
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House Democrats approved the FY 2022 budget resolution, setting up a reconciliation package that is expected to include priorities for academic medicine.

  • August 27, 2021
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Senate Democrats approve the FY 2022 budget resolution, setting up a reconciliation package that’s expected to include health care and immigration priorities.

  • August 13, 2021
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Press Release

The AAMC has issued a statement on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas’ decision that DACA is unlawful.

  • July 16, 2021
Washington Highlights

Rep. Sánchez and Sen. Menendez introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration reform proposal sent to Congress by President Biden.

  • February 19, 2021

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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