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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.


Future innovations in health care and prevention require research across a full spectrum of biomedical science, from basic and translational research to implementation science and comparative effectiveness research. 

AAMC advocates for funding and appropriate regulation by major federal agencies and organizations supporting this research, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Ensuring a sustainable research mission is essential to achieve long-term health priorities, develop new therapeutics and preventive measures, focus on patient-centered outcomes, and reduce health disparities. 

We also work to ensure the integrity of biomedical research, especially research involving human subjects, including privacy protections and management of financial conflicts of interest.


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News and Updates

Senate Panel Slams Administration’s NIH Budget Request, F&A Proposal

June 23, 2017

—Both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee rejected the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) [see Washington Highlights, May 26] – including the administration’s proposal to limit NIH reimbursement for facilities and administrative (F&A) expenses – at a June 22 hearing featuring NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and the directors of six NIH institutes.

AAMC, Academic Medicine Caucus Host Hill Briefing on VA Affiliations

June 23, 2017

On behalf of the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus (CAMC), the AAMC hosted a June 20 congressional briefing titled VA and Academic Medicine: Partnering for Veterans’ Health. The briefing highlighted the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) affiliated medical schools and teaching hospitals across their three shared missions of patient care, education, and research, as well as how these partnerships ultimately benefit veterans and all Americans.

AAMC Submits Comments on FDA’s Proposal for the Future of Patient Engagement

June 16, 2017

The AAMC June 12 submitted a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to FDA’s March 14 request for comments on the agency’s efforts “to enhance future patient engagement by providing a more transparent, accessible, and robust experience for patient communities.”

NIH Alters Course on Grant Support Index, Launches Next Generation of Researchers Initiative

June 9, 2017

At the June 8 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) meeting, NIH leadership announced they are changing plans to implement the Grant Support Index (GSI), a controversial proposal to limit the number of NIH research project grants that an investigator could hold at any one time [see Washington Highlights, May 5].

Associations Comment to House Science Committee on F&A Costs

June 9, 2017

The AAMC June 7 submitted joint comments with five other associations to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on the importance of Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost reimbursement policy on federal grants.

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