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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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Statement on Improving Health Through DEI

The AAMC and other health care and medical associations made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, to help improve our nation’s health.

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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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The below resources and recorded conversations with leaders in medical research highlight some of the impacts of COVID-19 to the research community.

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Introduced March 18, 2021 by Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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Introduced by Representatives Terri Sewell (D-AL), John Katko (R-NY), Thomas Suozzi (D-NY), and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

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Introduced in the Senate by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H). and Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the Opioid Workforce Act.

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Physician Supply and Demand — A 15-Year Outlook: Key Findings

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Telehealth is a vital tool that expands access to quality health care.

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Regulatory and Executive Recommendations for the First 100 Days and Beyond

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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted comments to CMS in response to the FY 2024 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.

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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined 20+ health organizations supporting a legal challenge to a Kentucky ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18

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A printable infographic that outlines the value of NIH-funded research at medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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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.

The 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 – 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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