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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Death of Tyre Nichols

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, issued the following statement on the death of Tyre Nichols:

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    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    “The tragic and wholly unnecessary beating and death of Tyre Nichols brings yet again into stark view the lethal junction between police brutality and racism. For many in the Black and African American community, the risk of harm or death at the hands of police remains a public health risk that is completely unacceptable and preventable. We clearly have not come far enough since the beating of Rodney King, the death of Breonna Taylor, the killing of George Floyd, and far too many others to name.

    We call on the medical and public health communities, law enforcement, legislators, and policymakers to come together urgently to enact reforms that will preclude such tragedies from occurring in the future.”

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, 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, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.