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.”
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.