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Association of American Medical Colleges Tomorrow's Doctors, Tomorrow's Cures®

Media Contacts
Lesley Ward
Senior Media Relations Specialist
Telephone: 202-828-0655
Jamila Vernon
Public Relations Specialist II
Telephone: 202-828-0959
After-hours: 202-286-6725

Our Mission

The AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all.

Key Issues

GME Funding: How to Fix the Doctor Shortage

With a growing, aging population, the demand for physicians will intensify over the coming years. According to AAMC estimates, the United States faces a shortage of more than 91,500 physicians by 2020a number that will grow to more than 130,600 by 2025. Cuts to graduate medical education (GME) jeopardize the ability of medical schools and teaching hospitals to train physicians, nurses, and other health care providers to address the shortage.

Medical Research and Academic Medicine

Medical schools and teaching hospitals receive funding for research from federal and state agencies, private industry, and philanthropic efforts. By far the largest source of federal research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Federal funding cuts–especially as a result of sequestration–jeopardize the groundbreaking research taking place at institutions around the country. 

Teaching Hospitals

Teaching hospitals provide clinical education and training to medical students, residents, and postgraduate fellows and are distinguished, in large part, by their clinical research programs, where drugs, medical devices and treatment methods are developed and tested.

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