Community Voices

Sharing your perspective on policy issues is a powerful way to advocate on behalf of yourself, patients, and others in the medical community who have been impacted by various federal programs, initiatives, and legislation. It also shows policymakers how critical these programs are to ensuring the health of our patients, communities, and the health care workforce.

The AAMC Action community collects stories year-round to serve as powerful reminders of why it’s important to advocate for Graduate Medical Education (GME), medical research, health equity, and other key issues. View the unique insights from other community members below.

Share with Your Community

Join other AAMC Action community members who help advocate for the academic medicine community and share your connection to the below issues.

As a first generation Latinx who grew up in a single mother household I experienced period poverty. While in highschool, I was able to persuade the public school district where I attended school to stock up on menstrual products in their bathrooms from 6th grade to 12th grade. I felt passionate about this because there were times in high school where purchasing menstrual products was a financial burden. I am excited that the superintendent of the school district responded promptly and will be implementing menstrual products in all bathrooms. As I apply to medical school this coming year I have understood the importance of being voice of those who are unable to speak or may feel discouraged to speak up.
- Jennifer
Congress MUST continue supporting priorities such as emergency preparedness and health equity. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us all everything, it's that thorough preventative planning is necessary to make sure that an emergency does not turn into a crisis.
- Mitchel
Financial support is crucial in times like these with funds to support the endeavors of the brightest minds willing to do the toughest work. Ultimately, the outcome benefits us all with a clearer path to understanding all the questions associated with human suffering and human triumph. NIH Funding is a crucial investment in the now as we wait for breakthroughs in medicine, treatment and pharmaceuticals in the future.
- Drusilla
I sincerely urge the lawmakers to increase the residency seats for Psychiatry GME program all across United States especially considering the post pandemic mental health challenges people are facing.
- Syed
I'm an M.D. Ph.D. student in an NIH funded Medical Scientist Training Program. I believe our clinically-informed perspective allows us to conduct clinically-relevant research that actually translate to patients. Our training relies on NIH funding. NIH funding is a remarkable investment in improving the health and well-being of the citizens of the U.S.
- Max
I was born in a small town in Kansas with a population of 2,886. Though my interest in understanding the human body has driven me toward a career in medicine, it was the desire to serve small towns like the one in which I grew up that truly inspired me to embark on the path to becoming a physician. I now am a proud student at an out-of-state medical school, and though my parents help me in every way they can, the massive load of student debt that sits upon my shoulders is a crushing burden. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is incredibly important for both myself and all those out there that wish to give back to communities around our country. This program gives us hope that we can both conquer our debts and still serve those in need.
- Mackinzie
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