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.

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

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
Working at a hospital, I see countless patients with dementia, and I see the effect it has on them and their families. The confusion, the anger, the sadness, all stemming from an illness without a proper treatment. Funding research is absolutely necessary, because without it, the field of medicine cannot advance, and countless people will have to endure diseases and illnesses that we can research ways to prevent.
- Mitchel
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 am a first-generation college student, and I started medical school loving to teach and thinking that this energy would be focused on educating patients. Instead, I discovered my fit in pathology where I can collaborate with and educate fellow physicians along with teaching medical students. Ultimately, I get to work in a field I love that is integral to diagnostics in medicine. I am committed to being a lifelong learner and educator, so working in academia is the perfect fit for me. Being a doctor while teaching and performing research embodies my career goals. I came from a family that struggled financially and worked while in undergrad to minimize my debt, which is not possible in medical school. I have been counting on having access to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to help me pay off my loans while having the ability to train and work in the arena that best fits my goals. This program means a lot for me and so many other students committed to pursuing a field they are passionate about while working in education and service.
- Katelynn