AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement on the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election:
“2020 has presented immense challenges for our nation—from a global pandemic to economic distress and uncertainty to a national reckoning with structural racism and health inequities. Despite, or perhaps because of, these challenges, the American people turned out in historic numbers to vote and to have their voices heard. The record-breaking voter turnout—and the close outcome—signal the importance of the election to the nation, and the urgent need to come together as a country, bridge our divisions, and overcome the challenges we face.
The AAMC looks forward to working with President-elect Biden, the new administration, and the new Congress to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, safely reopen businesses and schools, and stabilize the economy.
As a non-partisan association, we also will continue to provide our clinical and scientific expertise and work with the current administration and Congress to help reduce the severity and scope of the pandemic, speed the development of effective treatments and cures, and ensure that the needs of marginalized individuals and communities are met.
In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing to work with our nation’s leaders to strengthen the health of our nation through greater access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, increased support for medical research and public health, and efforts to end systemic racism, achieve health equity, and ensure a healthier future for all.”