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AAMC Statement on the President’s FY 2019 Budget

In response to President Trump’s FY 2019 budget request, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued a statement noting, “The administration’s proposed cuts would be devastating to patients, current and future providers, the health care safety net, and, ultimately, our nation’s health security.”

Related to research funding, Dr. Kirch indicated that, “The budget request undervalues the vital role of sustainable, meaningful growth in base funding for the National Institutes of Health. At its core, the budget proposal would maintain funding at the FY 2017 level. Medical research is bringing us closer to cures for patients suffering from cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic and life-threatening diseases. This proposal does not keep pace with the budget trajectory Congress has laid out to advance discovery, strengthen local and regional economies, and maintain America’s standing as the leader in innovation and health care.” Read the full statement.

Additional information specific to biomedical research funding in President Trump’s 2019 budget request is summarized in an article published in Science magazine. Read More

Focus on the Opioid Epidemic—Highlight Your Work

Federal agencies continue to examine ways to combat the opioid epidemic. In the first AHRQ Views blog post of 2018, Gopal Khanna, MBA, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) notes AHRQ’s work in addressing the opioid crisis through activities such as data analytics and evidence-based research. Additionally, on January 30, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public hearing, Opioid Policy Steering Committee: Prescribing Intervention—Exploring a Strategy for Implementation, and is looking for “stakeholder input on new approaches to promote the safe use of opioid analgesics using FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) authorities.”

AAMC is interested in learning how its member institutions are engaged in opioid research related to pain management. We would like to feature this important work. Please contact Anne Berry at if you are interested in ways to highlight your research.


AAMC Faculty Salary Report 2016-2017
This report, which is updated annually, presents data from the 2016-2017 survey of 145 accredited US medical schools. It is available for purchase online or in print (AAMC members received a discounted price). Learn More

Reminder: Updated Appendix Policy
Unless otherwise specified as required in the funding opportunity announcement, Appendix materials related to clinical trials are no longer allowed in applications submitted to the NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), or the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Learn More


To Care Is Human—Collectively Confronting the Clinician-Burnout Crisis
The authors of this perspectives piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine, including AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, discuss the significance of launching the National Academy of Medicine’s national Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. Read More

PCORI at Age Seven: Results That Matter, with Much More to Come
Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), summarizes PCORI’s accomplishments to date and what to expect in the year ahead. Read More


Diffusion of Innovation
The theme of the February 2018 issue of Health Affairs is the “diffusion of innovation.” Articles examine models and examples of successful diffusion in health care. Read More. On a related note, AHRQ Deputy Director Sharon Arnold, PhD, highlights the February issue in an “AHRQ Views” blog post, and references AHRQ’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Dissemination and Implementation Initiative. Read More

Analytical Methods for A Learning Health System
In a series of papers published in eGEMs, Michael A. Stoto, PhD, and colleagues look at how learning health systems can use electronic health data to advance knowledge. Read More


President Signs Budget Deal
President Trump Feb. 9 signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892), the product of bipartisan negotiations to provide sequestration relief over two years for discretionary spending, address a number of expired health care provisions, and temporarily continue funding for the federal government, among other provisions. Read More

Delaying the Implementation of the Revised Common Rule
On Jan. 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 15 other federal departments and agencies issued an interim final rule to delay the implementation of the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (“the Common Rule”) for six months, until July 19, 2018. Read More

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