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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Diversity and Health Equity

Health Professions | Medical Schools and Student Aid | Profiles of Success

To increase diversity in medical education and to advance health care equity in the United States, AAMC efforts focus on four general areas:

  • diversifying the applicant pool and encouraging more African Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans to consider medicine as a career;

  • working to reduce health disparities;

  • supporting a more diverse medical school faculty and administration; and

  • conducting research on the impact of diversity.

AAMC’s advocacy efforts support these goals.

News and Updates

Academic Medicine Responds to Immigration Executive Order

February 3, 2017

President Trump Jan. 27 signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The executive order suspends for 90 days (i.e., until April 27, 2017) the “immigrant and nonimmigrant entry” of aliens “from” Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, or those who have traveled to such countries on or after March 1, 2011.

Graham, Durbin, Coffman, Gutiérrez Introduce BRIDGE Act for DACA

January 13, 2017

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Jan. 12 reintroduced bipartisan legislation (S. 128) to protect undocumented students and medical residents, among others, should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued under the incoming Trump Administration.

District Court Halts Implementation of Nondiscrimination Provision of ACA

January 6, 2017

The U.S. District Court in North Texas Dec. 3 issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of certain provisions in Sec. 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which extends nondiscrimination protections to transgendered individuals in health programs who receive federal assistance. 

AAMC Urges Permanent Fix for DACA; Supports BRIDGE Act

December 16, 2016

AMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, sent a Dec. 8 letter urging President-elect Trump not to revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action without a permanent fix, and sent a Dec. 7 letter in support of Senators working on a legislative safety net for individuals currently with DACA status.

AAMC Submits Letter to OMB on Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity

October 28, 2016

AMC Oct. 26 submitted a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the standards for maintaining, collecting, and presenting federal data on race and ethnicity. The request for comment was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016.

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