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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.

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AAMC Virtual Congressional Briefing on Integrated Behavioral Health

The AAMC will hold a virtual congressional briefing, “Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, from 12-1 p.m. ET.


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 a May 27 letter in response to an NIGMS RFI, “Improving Biomedical Research Training, Career Progression, and the Educational Environment.”

  • June 3, 2022
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Submits Comments to NIH on Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Strategic Plan

  • February 10, 2022
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Washington Highlights

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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Washington Highlights

The Senate HELP Committee marked up six bills including the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act and the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act.

  • May 27, 2021
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Endorsement of House Physician Well-being Legislation

  • March 10, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Endorsement of Senate Physician Well-being Legislation

  • March 4, 2021
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Press Release

The AAMC released a statement in the wake of recent allegations of racism in academic medicine.

  • February 23, 2021
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Press Release

AAMC announced it is renaming the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education to the AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education.

  • November 17, 2020
Press Release

The AAMC released its new strategic plan, “A Healthier Future for All” outlining a bold path to improve the health of people everywhere.

  • October 27, 2020
AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, explains the new strategic plan, “A Healthier Future for All.”
Washington Highlights

The AAMC opposed an executive order ending certain federal diversity training and a Dept. of Ed. investigation of Princeton’s recognition of systemic racism.

  • October 2, 2020
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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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