VA Medical Center websites have revealed not only a fresh look in recent months but also new tools. One of the latest features to the websites is "Our Doctors." Just like hospitals and health care providers across the country, VA strives to provide new ways to access common information. The "Our Doctors" online directory lists all independent health care licensed practitioners at the local medical center and within that health care system.
What's an independent licensed health care practitioner? Officially it's "Any individual permitted by law and by the organization to provide care and services, within the scope of the individual's license and consistent with individually granted clinical privileges." The clinical staff are those "providers" that direct or prescribe your care within their field of expertise. A clinical privilege is based on licensing, experience and competency.
While called "Our Doctors," the tool lists more than just physicians, with the directory including nurse practitioners, dentists, physician assistants, psychologists and other staff that are directly involved in your care. Anyone can search and sort information for these providers based on your preferences and needs. The directory lists this staff in alphabetic order with their name, education, license, specialty and gender. For example, a listing of Surgeons shows name, education, board certification, specialty surgical area and where he/she is licensed to practice. With regular updates and additions to the directory, the resource is part of VA's ongoing effort to provide the highest quality information and care.
VA is proud to employ over 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners.
The Our Doctors feature is available on each of our VA Medical Center sites. A state by state list of VA Medical Centers is available at http://www.va.gov/health/vamc.asp.