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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.

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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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Harassment Compliance
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The AAMC commented June 6 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights on cybersecurity practices and distributing penalties and settlements.

  • June 10, 2022
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On May 23, the surgeon general issued a new advisory that underscores the urgent need to support our health workforce and respond to the burnout crisis.

  • May 27, 2022
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Effective May 10, NIH-funded institutions must report principal investigators removed from their positions due to concerns about harassment.

  • May 13, 2022
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The HHS released an RFI on April 6 for implementing provisions of the HITECH Act relating to cybersecurity practices & distribution of penalties or settlements.

  • April 8, 2022
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House Democrats on Jan. 25 introduced the America COMPETES Act, legislation aimed at bolstering American competitiveness globally.

  • January 28, 2022
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The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director met June 10-11 to discuss the NIH’s initiative to address structural racism, ARPA-H, COVID-19 and other items.

  • June 17, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments supporting the rule that would allow VA health care professionals to deliver services outside their states of licensure.

  • January 8, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments to the HHS on regulatory relief policies during the COVID-19 pandemic that should be made permanent.

  • January 8, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments to the HHS on effective and innovative COVID-19 health care best practices.

  • January 8, 2021
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Proposed modifications are intended to address standards that may impede care coordination and case management or pose unnecessary burdens.

  • December 11, 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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