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Campaigns and Coalitions

Through campaigns and coalitions, the AAMC raises awareness of issues that impact medical schools and teaching hospitals. The AAMC conducts a number of campaigns, both long- and short-term, to support the advocacy agenda of medical schools and teaching hospitals. Collaborations are key to advancing the AAMC’s advocacy agenda.  Toward that end, the association participates in a number of groups to advance issues that are important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, and their physicians.


GME Funding: How to Fix the Doctor Shortage

With a growing, aging population, the demand for physicians will intensify over the coming years. According to AAMC estimates, the United States faces a shortage of between 61,700 and 94,700 physicians by 2025. Cuts to graduate medical education (GME) jeopardize the ability of medical schools and teaching hospitals to train physicians, nurses, and other health care providers to address the shortage.

Optimizing Graduate Medical Education

Graduate medical education in the United States is at a critical juncture, and the AAMC and its member institutions are rising to the challenge. Find out more about the comprehensive, five-year plan to optimize GME in the United States.

Research Means Hope

This public awareness effort builds support  for predictable and sustainable long-term growth in federal funding for medical research supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Project Medical Education

Project Medical Education (PME) educates Congress and other policymakers about the process of medical education, the benefits it provides, its complex funding mechanisms, and the essential role of government in providing financial support.


The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research

A coalition of more than 300 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry.  The AAMC is a founding member and convenes the group.  AAMC Senior Director for Government Relations David Moore serves as Executive Director.

Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP)

Created in 1968 as a forum for representatives from organizations of health professions education, FASHP addresses education’s role in organizational matters of health care, encourages effective collaboration among the health professions in education and practice, and prepares health professionals for the future.

Graduate Medical Education Advocacy Coalition

The AAMC leads an informal GME Advocacy Coalition of over 70 individual hospital, physician, and health care advocacy associations and societies focused on promoting graduate medical education. The Coalition meets via monthly conference calls and semi-annual meetings to strategize and mobilize around the pressing issues facing graduate medical education and health care workforce.

Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA)

A diverse coalition representing more than 70 national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused organizations. FOVA organizations work in concert with the Independent Budget veterans service organizations to advocate appropriate funding for the research and health programs under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The AAMC serves as a member of the FOVA Executive Committee. 

Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC)

An alliance of more than 60 national organizations representing schools, programs, health professionals, and students dedicated to ensuring the health care workforce is well-trained to meet the needs of the nation's diverse population.

Student Aid Alliance

This coalition of higher education organizations supports aid programs to help students achieve their higher education goals without excessive debt. These programs include Pell Grants, the campus-based programs (SEOG, Federal Work-Study, and Perkins Loans), LEAP, Federal Student Loans, TRIO programs, GEAR UP, and graduate programs.

The NHSC Stakeholders

A coalition representing the multiple health professions, institutions, and underserved areas/populations that benefit from the program’s scholarship and loan repayment awards. The AAMC is the founding member and coordinates the more than 30 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) stakeholders. 

Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid Workforce Act of 2018 Ad

While all doctors are trained to treat pain and addiction, specialists in particular fields are critical to address the opioid epidemic in rural and urban communities alike. The Opioid Workforce Act of 2018 would provide federal support to train those specialists.

AAMC Ad Thanks Lawmakers for Bold and Visionary Commitment to NIH

April 2018 RMH-NIH Ad

View the campaign ad 

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