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AAMC Statement on Re-launch of Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus

April 13, 2021

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Stuart Heiser, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement upon renewal of the charter for the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus by Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.):

“The AAMC thanks Reps. Castor and McKinley for re-launching the bipartisan Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus and serving as its co-chairs. The caucus is dedicated to recognizing the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere and to help our nation address public health challenges and crises. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, academic medicine defined the frontlines—conducting the research that furthered vaccines and treatments and providing care for patients.

This caucus provides a forum for congressional members and staff to engage in a constructive and educational dialogue about the opportunities and challenges surrounding key issues that impact the academic medicine community and the patients they serve—including the health care workforce, medical research, health care delivery, health equity, education, and more. Additionally, as noted in a letter from the co-chairs urging congressional colleagues to join, academic medical centers are critical community partners in building partnerships, cultivating trust, and serving as vital economic engines at the state and local levels.

We look forward to working with Reps. Castor and McKinley, and all members of the caucus, to continue to improve the health of all through support for the patient care, physician training, groundbreaking research, and community collaborations happening every day at medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country.”

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; more than 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 179,000 full-time faculty members, 92,000 medical students, 140,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.