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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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The AAMC announced the five winners of its inaugural ACE Award for Advocacy, Collaboration, and Education.

  • Sept. 21, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 112 national, state, and local organizations in a sign-on letter urging Congress to avoid cuts to the Prevention Fund.

  • Sept. 20, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC sent a letter on Sept. 19 to the Senate HELP Committee on the Bipartisan Primary Care and Workforce Act.

  • Sept. 19, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On Sept. 14, the HHS Office for Civil Rights published a new rule to update federal regulations prohibiting nondiscrimination on the basis of disability.

  • Sept. 15, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On Sept. 14, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on policies to address drug shortages.

  • Sept. 15, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments Sept. 1 to the Department of Health and Human Services on the agency’s draft scientific integrity policy.

  • Sept. 15, 2023
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Washington Highlights

HELP Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Roger Marshall, MD, (R-Kan.) released legislation on Sept. 14 to up investments in the healthcare workforce

  • Sept. 15, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC and 6 health professions groups urged Congressional negotiators to include provisions on staffing at Military Treatment Facilities in the FY 2024 NDAA.

  • Sept. 15, 2023
Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS on Sept. 11 in response to the CY 2024 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposals.

  • Sept. 15, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC sent a letter on Sept. 15 urging House leadership to remove two provisions of the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act.

  • Sept. 15, 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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