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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.

Academic Medicine: What starts here saves lives

Demonstrating the Value of Academic Medicine to a New Congress

A new AAMC initiative highlights academic medicine’s leading role in medical research and discovery, medical education and training, and health care delivery.

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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OMB - Office of Management & Budget
Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined stakeholders in a July 1 letter to the secretary of defense in support of pausing military medical billets reductions.

  • July 8, 2022
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On June 16, The AAMC commented on the National Institute on Drug Abuse Racial Equity Initiative Action Plan.

  • June 24, 2022
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC comments on the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse Racial Equity Initiative Action Plan

  • June 16, 2022
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AAMC Center for Health Justice supports the OMB’s request for input to advance equity across government agencies.

  • July 9, 2021
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The AAMC joined with higher education associations to support a rule that clarifies federal “march-in” rights and other procedures under the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act.

  • April 9, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The GME Advocacy Coalition sent letters of support to lead sponsors of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act.

  • March 26, 2021
Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined several higher education and research organizations in urging OMB to extend past Sept. 30, 2020 administrative and fiscal flexibilities to resea

  • September 28, 2020
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The AAMC opposed proposed changes to grandfathered group health plans.

  • August 14, 2020
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Washington Highlights

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the Safeguarding American Innovation Act that targets foreign influence in research.

  • July 24, 2020
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC, AAU, APLU, and ACE leadership letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leadership sharing concerns about S. 3997, the Safegua

  • July 20, 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.

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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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