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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

    Media Contacts

    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement on the American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion proposal which includes support for transportation infrastructure, broadband access, the care economy, and research and development:

    “The AAMC welcomes the Biden administration’s comprehensive infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan, to help address the nation’s long-term infrastructure needs and current economic challenges. We appreciate the plan’s historic new investments in research and development, broadly, given the role that innovation plays in both improving quality of life, driving economic growth, and the nation’s global competitiveness. As the administration and lawmakers examine further opportunities to invest in and build a sound foundation for future generations, we look forward to working with them to consider the fundamental role that medical research, health care, and public health infrastructure play in our nation’s path forward.

    In addition to much needed investment in the nation’s traditional infrastructure, such as broadband and capital projects, we urge policymakers – as they reimagine and rebuild the economy – to prioritize four critical components to ensure that our nation is prepared to secure better health for all:

    • Invest in research recovery efforts that will help the National Institutes of Health and other federal research agencies mitigate the coronavirus pandemic’s major disruptions to the research enterprise and workforce – especially for early-career, women, and underrepresented minority researchers – and innovations in fundamental and clinical research.
    • Increase investment in the physician workforce and improve caregiver diversity by expanding support for graduate medical education and health care workforce programs, which help increase access to high-quality care, particularly for underserved populations in both rural communities and urban areas that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
    • Strengthen our health care and public health infrastructure based on lessons learned from the current COVID-19 response to better prepare for future pandemics, including the creation of a new network of academic medical centers to be designated as pandemic centers. These centers would promote stronger collaborations between AAMC-member institutions and their public health and community organizations to strengthen local and national response to the pandemic.  
    • Ensure standardized, valid, inclusive data collection to address pervasive health inequities laid bare by the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color.

    The AAMC looks forward to working with the country’s leaders to address the urgent health care and research needs in recovery and infrastructure legislation that will rebuild our country. These priorities will promote health for people everywhere by equipping medical schools and teaching hospitals – along with their faculty physicians, other clinicians, researchers, and public health professionals – with the resources to build the health infrastructure of the future while sustaining high-quality patient care and laying the groundwork to prevent and respond to future health threats.”

    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.