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Is America’s Approach to Health Broken?

Yes – and we have a plan to make America healthier.

In some ways, our country’s health care is the envy of the world, but in others, it’s failing. Too many people living in America aren’t as healthy as they could be because the system isn’t working for them. That’s why the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) developed a bold new plan to create a healthier future for all.

A healthier future starts here and now

From gaping health disparities to uneven access to care, the challenges ahead are daunting. But amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and growing public outrage over systemic racism, a renewed sense of urgency offers an unprecedented opportunity for change. In partnership with America’s medical schools, teaching hospitals and health systems, academic medical societies, and the people of academic medicine, the AAMC is poised to lead the change that will improve the health of people everywhere.

David J. Skorton, MD
AAMC President and CEO

One visionFour ways forward

Listen in as we discuss critical issues in American health care today.

Learning

Doctors talking

The Importance of Diversity

Learning

Doctors talking

The Importance of Diversity

Health Care

Mother and daughter

A Conversation About Improving Access

Health Care

Mother and daughter

A Conversation About Improving Access

Discovery

Medical researcher

Strengthening the Research Workforce

Discovery

Medical researcher

Strengthening the Research Workforce

Community Collaborations

People on crosswalk

Working Together on Solutions

Community Collaborations

People on crosswalk

Working Together on Solutions

The 10-point planto make it happen

Systemic change takes systematic action. That’s why, with the help of our members and a community of experts, we developed the following plan to turn our vision for a healthier future into a reality.

No. 1

Strengthen Medical Education

Strengthen the Medical Education Continuum for Transformed Health Care and Learning Environments

No. 2

Support Students

Extend the AAMC’s Leadership Role in Helping Students Progress Through Their Medical Professional Journey

No. 3

Focus on Inclusivity

Equip Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems to Become More Inclusive, Equitable Organizations

No. 4

Diversify Tomorrow’s Doctors

Increase Significantly the Number of Diverse Medical School Applicants and Matriculants

No. 5

Prioritize Research

Strengthen the Nation’s Commitment to Medical Research and the Research Community

No. 6

Evolve Leadership Skills

Enhance the Skills and Capacity of People in Academic Medicine

No. 7

Improve Access

Improve Access to Health Care for All

No. 8

Advance Knowledge

Advance Knowledge Through the AAMC Research and Action Institute

No. 9

Promote Health Equity and Health Justice

Launch the AAMC as a National Leader in Health Equity and Health Justice

No. 10

Adapt to Change

Adapt the AAMC to the Changing Needs of Academic Medicine

Better health for everyone is on the horizon.

Read the plan