AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the announcement of Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.) as nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
“As a physician and former assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Rep. Price is a strong choice for HHS Secretary, and the AAMC applauds President-Elect Trump for this nomination. Rep. Price understands firsthand the work and challenges faced by our nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals, and has long been a proponent of academic medicine.
We are confident that Rep. Price will bring a thoughtful, measured approach to tackling the wide range of issues affecting the nation’s health—from funding for biomedical research to training the next generation of physicians to transforming the nation’s health care system in order to provide all Americans with the care they need when they need it. The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals look forward to working with Rep. Price on all of these critical issues.”
Note from the AAMC
December 27, 2016
We have heard your concerns about the nomination of Dr. Tom Price, and want you to know that the AAMC continues to advocate for access, equity, and quality health care. We will work with lawmakers on policy issues and, when needed, oppose positions that would jeopardize the missions of academic medicine and the patients we serve. We recently released a set of core principles that guide the work of America's medical schools and teaching hospitals. View our Guiding Principles.
As we advocate for important issues, we invite you to join AAMCAction, a grassroots community of nearly 190,000 pre-medical students, medical students, residents, and others. Together we can work to advance the issues critical to our communities. Join AAMCAction.
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.