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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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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • Dec. 1, 2023
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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the next round of RRPD grants, with applications closing Feb. 12, 2024.

  • Dec. 1, 2023
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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a Nov. 29 hearing on artificial intelligence.

  • Dec. 1, 2023
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The AAMC joined other health care groups in a Nov. 16 letter urging congressional leadership to avert upcoming cuts to Medicare physician payment. 

  • Dec. 1, 2023
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The AAMC joined the hospital community in urging HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to reconsider proposed changes to Medicaid state-directed payments.

  • Dec. 1, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined others in a sign-on letter expressing concerns with recent proposed changes to state-directed payments (SDPs) under Medicaid managed care.

  • Nov. 29, 2023
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The AAMC Center for Health Justice submitted comments to HHS on proposed updates to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

  • Nov. 17, 2023
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the final rule for the Pilot Program on Graduate Medical Education and Residency (PPGMER) on November 10

  • Nov. 17, 2023
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On Nov. 14, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on telehealth access

  • Nov. 17, 2023
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On Nov. 15, the Senate failed to overturn President Biden’s newly established income-driven loan repayment program

  • Nov. 17, 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 GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

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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