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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

AAMC Joins Letter to President Trump and Congressional Leadership on NIH Funding

February 10, 2017

The AAMC joined 259 patient, medical, scientific, and academic organizations on a Feb. 7 community letter urging President Trump and congressional leadership to complete a fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending package that includes $34.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH Advisory Council Clears Institutional Training Grant Program Revision

February 3, 2017

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) advisory council Jan. 27 approved a “concept clearance” to revise the National Institutes of Health (NIH) flagship training program, the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral training grant (T32), which makes awards to academic institutions for training biomedical scientists. The decision clears the way for NIGMS to revise the program, with a new “funding opportunity announcement” expected later this year. 

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.

NIH Director Held Over Into New Administration

January 27, 2017

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., will continue to serve as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for at least part of President Donald Trump’s administration.

AAMC Responds to “Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation”

January 27, 2017

AAMC Chief of Scientific Officer Ross McKinney, Jr., M.D., Jan. 19 submitted responses to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Nov. 14, 2016, request for information (RFI) that would address questions regarding Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation. 

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