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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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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 80 groups in support of S. 1302.

  • May 22, 2023
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The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a May 17 hearing on delays and denials in Medicare Advantage.

  • May 19, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on May 17 on rural health.

  • May 19, 2023
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The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health held a May 17 hearing on consolidation in health care.

  • May 19, 2023
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The House Ways and Means Committee held a May 16 hearing on health care price transparency.

  • May 19, 2023
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On May 17, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee marked up and advanced hospital transparency, site-neutral, and 340B legislation.

  • May 19, 2023
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a May 15 letter to House leadership urging them to address scheduled cuts to the Medicaid DSH program.

  • May 19, 2023
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The AAMC, Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, and the HPNEC submitted outside witness testimony for FY 24 to the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee.

  • May 19, 2023
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On May 12, AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, testified at the Senate HELP field roundtable on health workforce diversity and shortages.

  • May 19, 2023
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The House MilCon-VA Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2024 draft bill, including funds for VA health and research programs.

  • May 19, 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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