AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement upon renewal of the charter for the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus by Reps. Phil Roe, MD (R-Tenn.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.):
“The AAMC thanks Dr. Roe and Representative Castor for relaunching the bipartisan Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus and serving as its co-chairs. This important caucus is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening our nation’s medical education system and promoting and supporting excellence in physician training, medical research, and patient care.
The caucus also provides a forum for members of Congress to discuss and educate their colleagues on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the three primary missions of academic medicine—medical education, patient care, and medical research. As we collaborate with Congress and health care stakeholders to address federal budget challenges and a looming physician shortage of up to 105,000 doctors by 2030, the work of the caucus to emphasize the critical role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in maintaining our nation’s health security is more important than ever.
We look forward to working with Dr. Roe, Rep. Castor, and all members of the caucus to continue to improve the health of all Americans through support for the patient care, physician training, and groundbreaking research happening every day at medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country.”
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 151 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.