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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Chief Public Policy Officer Atul Grover, MD, PhD



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

President Obama Releases Final Budget

February 12, 2016

The president released his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget Feb 9. The administration proposes $4.23 trillion in budget authority and $3.64 trillion in revenue for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The administration projects $4.15 trillion in actual spending (outlays) in FY 2017, resulting in a deficit of $503 billion.

Senate HELP Panel Passes First Pieces of Biomedical Innovation Agenda

February 12, 2016

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Feb. 9 approved seven bipartisan bills as the first step in its effort to produce companion legislation to the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6).

Republicans Reject White House Proposals for Mandatory Funding

February 12, 2016

In general, President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget proposal adheres to the statutory discretionary spending caps agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015 (P.L. 114-74). But a series of proposals to create new mandatory programs has Republicans ready for a fight over spending.

White House Announces $1 Billion for Cancer Moonshot

February 5, 2016

President Obama and Vice President Biden Feb. 1 convened the first meeting of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.

NIH Increases NRSA Stipends by Two Percent

January 29, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Jan. 26 issued its fiscal year (FY) 2016 stipend levels for trainees receiving Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSAs). NIH will increase NRSA stipends by approximately 2 percent on average across stipend levels. 

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