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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on the Election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to be U.S. President

    Media Contacts

    John Buarotti, Sr. Public Relations Specialist

    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.”

    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.