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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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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 760 organizations urging Congress to reject cuts to non-defense discretionary appropriations in FY 24.

  • May 15, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

Dr. David J. Skorton participated in a Senate HELP Committee Field Hearing on health workforce diversity and physician shortages with HBCU medical school leader

  • May 15, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On May 9, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration temporarily extended telemedicine flexibilities.

  • May 12, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a May 11 hearing on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.

  • May 12, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined members of the GME Advocacy Coalition in supporting the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act.

  • May 12, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC, in cooperation with the CAMC, hosted a May 9 congressional briefing on The Match® and GME.

  • May 12, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted a letter on May 12 to NCATS in response to an RFI on ways to accelerate the decentralization of clinical trials (DCTs).

  • May 12, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On May 11, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final recommendations for assessing blood donor eligibility.

  • May 12, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On May, 5, the AAMC commented on proposed changes by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare for reporting instances of noncompliance.

  • May 12, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a letter on May 12 to NCATS in response to an RFI on ways to accelerate the decentralization of clinical trials (DCTs).

  • May 12, 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 – 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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