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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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AAMC Endorses Resolution Recognizing the Importance of DEI in Medical Education

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), co-chair of the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus, introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of DEI in medical education.

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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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted comments on a proposed rule regarding enforcement of the No Surprises Act and agent and broker compensation information.

  • Oct. 22, 2021
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On Oct. 18, Senate Democrats released the remaining draft FY 2022 appropriations bills, which includes increases for programs impacting academic medicine.

  • Oct. 22, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on health insurance coverage on Oct. 20.

  • Oct. 22, 2021
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The AAMC responded to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office request for public input in its study of recent jurisprudence regarding patentability.

  • Oct. 22, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted feedback to the Department of Homeland Security on defining public charge to inform future rulemaking.

  • Oct. 22, 2021
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Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) introduced the ARPA-H Act on Oct. 15 to authorize the new research initiative.

  • Oct. 22, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC provides feedback to DHS on defining public charge to inform future rulemaking

  • Oct. 22, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined more than 200 health and research organizations in an Oct. 21 letter to Congressional leaders urging swift passage of FY 2022 spending bills.

  • Oct. 21, 2021
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Press Release

The AAMC issued a statement October 20 after the Senate Appropriations Committee released the remaining fiscal year 2022 Senate spending bills.

  • Oct. 20, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted a joint letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on implementing NSPM-33, a presidential memo on research security.

  • Oct. 15, 2021
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

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.

FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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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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