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Action Plan 10: Adapt the AAMC to the Changing Needs of Academic Medicine

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Rapid systemic change is occurring throughout academic medicine and health care. For the AAMC to lead and serve our members through the magnitude of changes they face, the AAMC must be an even stronger, more effective association. Through this action plan, the AAMC is taking a fresh look at our membership model and engagement with our community. By doing so, we will broaden and deepen our involvement with people in, and even beyond, academic medicine to achieve our mission.

Where we are now

  • We’ve made two important changes to the AAMC’s bylaws that allow medical students to more fully engage in the AAMC.  

    • The first bylaws change has increased the number of Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) non-voting participants. Based on the growth of medical schools and regional campuses, this change paves the way for the addition of more regional campus and main campus learners’ voices within OSR, increasing student representation and access to AAMC resources.  
    • The second bylaws amendment more broadly defines who may participate in AAMC affinity groups. This change will reduce potential or perceived barriers for students and residents to engage within the AAMC group structure in current and future iterations.  
  • We’re exploring new opportunities to increase institutional and individual engagement amid shifts in the multigenerational workforce and digital innovations, consolidation among health systems, increasing interprofessional teams of care providers, and globalization. 

What happens next

  • Medical school deans can now appoint up to four medical students as representatives to the OSR. 

  • We’ve kicked off our ideation work to examine how the AAMC can innovate in how we convene to further advance the missions of academic medicine, including ways that individuals can increase their engagement with the AAMC. 

Ways to get involved

Discover all 10 points of our strategic plan

Action Plan 1: Strengthen Medical Education

Action Plan 2: Support Students

Action Plan 3: Focus on Inclusivity

Action Plan 4: Diversify Tomorrow's Doctors

Action Plan 5: Prioritize Research

Action Plan 6: Evolve Leadership Skills

Action Plan 7: Improve Access

Action Plan 8: Advance Knowledge

Action Plan 9: Promote Health Equity and Health Justice

Action Plan 10: Adapt to Change