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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. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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How Academic Medicine Serves Rural Communities Across the Country

The AAMC has published a new resource that highlights how AAMC-member teaching hospitals and medical schools are serving patients in rural communities across the nation.

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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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Lawmakers are poised to trigger a shutdown of federal government agencies as efforts to prevent a funding lapse before the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year lag.

  • Sept. 29, 2023
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Rally for Medical Research raises awareness for increasing NIH funding 

  • Sept. 29, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC responded to Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Cassidy’s RFI on how to modernize and improve Americans’ health data privacy.

  • Sept. 29, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC commented on a proposed rule issued by the departments of HHS, Labor, and the Treasury on enforcement of mental health parity and equity requirements.

  • Sept. 29, 2023
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AAMC joins more than 20 health organizations supporting a legal challenge to an Indiana ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • Sept. 29, 2023
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Washington Highlights

AAMC Director of Government Relations Ally Perleoni won the WGR 2023 Excellence in Advocacy Award for Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign.

  • Sept. 29, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC sent a letter to Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Bill Cassidy, MD, (R-La.) in response to his RFI on modernizing HIPAA and improving Americans’ he

  • Sept. 28, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins more than 20 health organizations supporting a legal challenge to an Indiana ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • Sept. 26, 2023
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Press Release

The AAMC named Pierre Joanis, MBA, as its next chief human resources officer, effective Oct. 16.

  • Sept. 26, 2023
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC submits comments on proposed rule issued by the Departments of HHS, Labor and Treasury on enforcement of mental health parity and equity requirements.

  • Sept. 25, 2023
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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

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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