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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.

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.

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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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On June 7, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to discuss CDC reform and the agency’s Moving Forward Initiative.

  • June 9, 2023
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The Senate HELP Committee held a June 8 hearing exploring the drivers of the youth mental health crisis.

  • June 9, 2023
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The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on June 8 on consolidation in health care.

  • June 9, 2023
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The AAMC submitted comments June 2 to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on a draft Research Security Programs Requirement.  

  • June 9, 2023
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The AAMC joined other members of the higher education community in comments regarding foreign gifts reporting to the Department of Education. 

  • June 9, 2023
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The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS on June 8 in response to the FY 2024 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.

  • June 9, 2023
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Press Release

The AAMC issued a statement on the need to complete fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations in a timely manner.

  • June 7, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined over 20 associations in comments responding to an Information Collection Request on foreign gifts reporting from the Department of Education.

  • June 5, 2023
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The President is expected to sign the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023.

  • June 2, 2023
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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • June 2, 2023

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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