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Many medical breakthroughs are the results of research conducted at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Major centers of medical research, they conduct more than half of all extramural research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

From prevention to treatments, pioneering research at AAMC-member institutions transforms the health of our nation.



Research Testimony and Correspondence

A collection of the AAMC’s research-related comment letters and other public correspondence.


Physician-scientists are physicians (MDs or DOs with or without additional degrees) who devote regular components of their professional effort seeking new knowledge about health, disease, or delivery of patient care through research. While all physicians receive training in medical science, physician-scientists are those who are trained to conduct independent scientific investigation in the laboratory, clinic, or other setting. A physician-scientist’s in-depth clinical knowledge of human health and disease, combined with skills in scientific investigation and analysis, make her uniquely resourceful. The AAMC is committed to the nurturing and growth of new physician-scientists.

Well-Being in Academic Medicine

Well-being in academic medicine has emerged as a critical issue facing faculty, physicians, researchers, residents, and students. The AAMC is committed to supporting a culture in academic medicine that values well-being.

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Research Clips

A weekly roundup of research news items curated from the professional development groups within the AAMC’s Scientific Affairs cluster, and other sources.

Giving credit where credit is due

A special report to AAMCNews by Anurupa Dev, PhD, the AAMC’s lead specialist for science policy, on how academic medicine is working to make data sharing the modus operandi of research by giving original investigators credit for their data, among other steps.

ROCC Webinars

  • NIH HEAL Initiative – Program Update and Funding Opportunities for Pain Research Available through NIH: November 8, 2018 View Recording
    Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) discussed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative’s priorities in pain management research and available funding opportunities.
  • Collaborations across NCATS's Trial Innovation Network: October 30, 2018 View Recording
    This webinar presents ways that investigators within CTSAs can use the Trial Innovation Network to advance their research, and what’s happening at a Trial Innovation Center (TIC) and a Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC).
  • The CTSA Program Vision - Current Initiatives and Future Goals: October 9, 2018 View Recording
    NCATS officials shared details about the nationwide network of institutions working to bring medical research to practice more quickly and efficiently, and discussed key priorities for the CTSA program.

AAMC Joint Letter to the EPA on Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

The AAMC, along with three other associations, submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) July 11 opposing a proposed rule that would limit the scientific research the agency could consider to research for which all underlying data are publicly available.

National MD-PhD Program Outcomes Study

A report from the AAMC's Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) that tracks the careers of MD-PhD dual-degree program graduates over 50 years (1964–2014) and highlights results of a research project that explored their career paths.

Changes in Teaching Hospitals’ Community Benefit Spending After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

An analysis demonstrating how teaching hospitals increased their spending on community benefits and decreased spending on charity care after implementation of he Affordable Care Act.

Research on Care Community (ROCC) Profile: Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MHA, MPH

An interview with Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MHA, MPH, Professor and Chair for the Department of Family and Community Medicine for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and director of the Kentucky Ambulatory Practice-based Research Network. Dr. Cardarelli is also a recipient of the AAMC/Donaghue Foundation award and serves as the Principal Investigator of the Reducing the Lung Cancer Burden in Northeast Kentucky through an Academic Community Partnership: A Terminate Lunch Cancer (TLC) Study.

Advancing the Research Mission in a Time of Mergers and Acquisitions

A perspective on how to support the research mission during ongoing and widespread health care consolidation.

MD-PhD Program Graduates: Current Workplaces, Research Effort, and Types of Research They Do

An AAMC Analysis in Brief (AIB) on outcomes for MD-PhD graduates.

Communities, Social Justice, and Academic Health Centers

In this perspective, the authors used videoed interviews of Baltimore residents, soliciting their perspectives on how medical education, clinical care, and research can and should respond to social injustice and the social determinants of health, to frame a conversation during an AAMC annual meeting. The conversation aimed to develop concrete actions that an individual, an institution, or the AAMC can take to address social injustice and health inequities in the Baltimore community and beyond. This perspective presents results of this action planning and places the proposed set of activities within the current health care context to demonstrate how community expertise and wisdom can inform and advance efforts to improve the health of all.