The AAMC is the voice of academic medicine. We advocate on behalf of our members--the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals--so they can further their missions of providing the most advanced care, conducting groundbreaking research, and educating and training the next generation of doctors. Read about the top issues affecting these missions, and learn how you can get involved.

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Graduate Medical Education: Addressing the Doctor Shortage

Residency slots are extremely competitive due to their limited number, and limited federal funding for residency training is one of the reasons.
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Medical Research: Sustainable Funding for Tomorrow's Cures

A primary source of federal funding for tomorrow's cures comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But during the past decade, the NIH budget has failed to keep pace with inflation, due to...

Student Debt: Ensuring Medical School Remains Affordable

The AAMC and other organizations have been advocating for affordable higher education and have created resources that explain the costs of a medical education and repayment and financing options.

What AAMC Leadership is Saying on the Issues

AAMC leadership discusses issues affecting the nation's medical schools, teaching hospitals, medical students, and residents across various platforms. 

The American Doctor Shortage

If Congress doesn't act to increase federal funding for residency training, the U.S. could face a shortage of up to 90,000 doctors by 2025. This advocacy campaign shows the impact on patients of a projected shortfall of physicians.

AAMC Action: Secure the Future of Residency Training

You're doing your part by dedicating your life to the care of others. Medical schools are expanding enrollment to meet the doctor shortage. Now, elected officials in Washington need to step up.

Research Means Hope

Learn about medical research advances happening at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals, and the importance of sustained increases in federal funding for medical research.

Optimizing GME

The AAMC and its member institutions are working on a comprehensive approach to optimizing GME in three broad strategic areas: Investing in future physicians; optimizing the environment for learning, care, and discovery, and; preparing the physician and physician scientist for the 21st century.