In November 2022, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) launched the awareness campaign “Academic Medicine: What starts here saves lives,” to help federal policy makers and influencers better understand, appreciate, and support the value medical schools provide – the value of academic medicine.
What starts in academic medicine creates better health now and a healthier future for all. We train current and future physicians and health professionals to deliver high-quality care. We drive medical breakthroughs via cutting-edge research and innovation. We promote health equity by providing hope and expert patient care in our communities that they can’t get elsewhere.
What begins inside medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems across the country doesn’t just help patients survive, it helps them thrive. It gives hope and transforms care.
Go to the campaign website to review the missions of academic medicine – medical education, research, and patient care – and an interactive map that includes information about AAMC member institutions across the US.
Research and Innovation – What Starts Here Drives Breakthroughs
Innovation is the core of academic medicine, driving medical research and breakthroughs critical to treating patients and saving lives.
Medical Education – What Starts Here Shapes the Future of Medicine
Current and future health professionals are educated and trained in our 158 accredited medical schools and nearly 400 teaching hospitals and health systems.