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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.

Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach

On October 11, the AAMC held a virtual congressional briefing outlining the potential benefit of integrated behavioral health models.

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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FDA - Food & Drug Administration Research Training Professionalism
Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted a Sept. 27 letter to the FDA in response to the agency’s request for comments on its draft guidance for patient-focused drug development.

  • September 30, 2022
Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to the FDA on the agency's third patient focused drug development draft guidance.

  • September 27, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Sept. 22, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Arati Prabhakar, PhD, as the new director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

  • September 23, 2022
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The NIH Council of Councils in the Office of the Director was updated on plans for ARPA-H just before an inaugural director was announced on Sept. 12.

  • September 16, 2022
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On Sept. 14, the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing on the federal response to the monkeypox outbreak.

  • September 16, 2022
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The House of Representatives passed the chamber’s first six FY 2023 spending bills, including funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on July 20.

  • July 22, 2022
Washington Highlights

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a June 29 hearing on several public health and research security legislative proposals.

  • July 1, 2022
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On June 13, The AAMC responded to the FDA’s draft guidance on improving racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials.

  • June 24, 2022
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Federal officials testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the COVID-19 response on June 16.

  • June 17, 2022
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An amendment to exempt academic medical centers from legislation allowing the FDA to oversee lab-developed tests was tabled at a June 14 HELP Committee markup.

  • June 17, 2022
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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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