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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



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 National Institutes of Health has announced National Research Service Award stipend increases for pre- and postdoctoral scholars.

  • April 26, 2024
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The OCR issued a new FAQ document that addresses breach notification obligations of HIPAA-covered entities and business associates.

  • April 26, 2024
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CMS issued a final rule aimed at addressing access, financing, and quality in Medicaid-managed care plans.

  • April 26, 2024
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule requiring nursing homes to meet minimum staffing requirements.

  • April 26, 2024
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The HHS OCR finalized modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to support reproductive health care privacy.

  • April 26, 2024
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The FTC issued a final rule prohibiting employers from preventing workers from leaving work for a competitor.

  • April 26, 2024
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AAMC submitted comments to the Department of Justice regarding access to bulk sensitive personal data by countries of concern.

  • April 26, 2024
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The AAMC published its maternal health advocacy agenda, outlining its recommendations to address maternal health disparities and promote health equity.

  • April 26, 2024
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Advocacy & Policy

This agenda outlines the AAMC’s recommendations to prevent maternal injury and death and promote health equity.

  • April 23, 2024
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Secretary McDonough Testifies in House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on FY 2025 VA Budget proposal.

  • April 19, 2024
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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 – 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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