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  • Press Release

    DEI: A Strategic Priority for the AAMC and Academic Medicine

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    John Buarotti, Sr. Public Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, sent the following open letter to its member medical schools, teaching hospitals and health systems, and academic societies:

    “Throughout the country, we continue to be challenged with misinformation, disinformation, and misguided anti-diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) actions that are confronting higher education and our academic medical institutions and that will harm the health of our communities. We want to underscore that the AAMC is here to support your efforts to lead in the name of diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice. Your commitment and dedication to this work is important, recognized, and lauded. 

    The DEI efforts in action at your institutions positively impact the health of communities across the country. For decades, your hard work has ensured the recruitment of diverse classes of talented learners – including medical, graduate, and PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and residents – and you have continued to develop and impart the best evidence-based education available. This is critical for all future physicians and scientists to build their knowledge foundation and skills to improve the health of patients and communities.

    Your important work prepares tomorrow’s doctors and other health care professionals to be culturally responsive and consciously aware of the health care needs of society, including those who live in historically marginalized and under resourced communities.

    This is all critical to achieving health equity for every community in the nation. We cannot afford to lose the progress we have made with our DEI initiatives nor the momentum to make further changes needed to achieve our vision of creating a healthier future for everyone.  

    The AAMC remains steadfast and committed to working together with you to address and mitigate, if not eliminate, the factors that perpetuate health inequities embedded in medicine and our health systems today. Together, we can achieve a future where all communities have an equal opportunity to thrive.”

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    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.