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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on President-elect Biden’s White House Science Team

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    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 announcement of the Biden administration’s science team, including the Presidential Science Advisor and leaders at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST):

    “The AAMC commends President-elect Biden for elevating science to a national priority by elevating the Presidential Science Advisor to a Cabinet level position and selecting immensely qualified and experienced leaders to guide the administration’s science policy decisions. From fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to addressing health disparities to developing medical treatments and diagnostics, an evidence-based approach to policy must direct the way forward on the nation’s health challenges. The AAMC is confident that the newly named members of President-elect Biden’s White House science team have the expertise and years of proven leadership to get the job done.

    We look forward to working with Dr. Lander (OSTP), Dr. Collins (NIH), Dr. Nelson (OSTP), Dr. Zuber (PCAST), Dr. Arnold (PCAST), Mr. Koizumi (OSTP), and Ms. Jones (OSTP) to further science and biomedical research to improve the health of people everywhere.”

    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.