Office of Academic Affiliations
Medical and Dental Education Program
About the Medical & Dental Education Program
VA's medical education program began in the post-war years of World War II. The authority for establishing VA's affiliations derives from Memorandum Number 2, an historic document that was signed January 30, 1946. By forming affiliations with medical schools and universities, VA has become the largest provider of healthcare training in the United States.
Today's Graduate Medical Education Program
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) conducts education and training programs to enhance the quality of care provided to Veterans within the VA health care system. Building on the long-standing, close relationships among VA and the Nation’s academic institutions, VA plays a leadership role in defining the education of future health care professionals that helps meet the changing needs of the Nation’s health care delivery system. Title 38 U.S.C. mandates that VA assist in the training of health professionals for its own needs and those of the Nation. Through its partnerships with affiliated academic institutions, VA conducts the largest education and training effort for health professionals in the Nation.
In 2014, 41,223 medical residents, 22,931 medical students, 311 Advanced Fellows, and 1,398 dental residents and dental students received some or all of their clinical training in VA. Of its 152 VA medical centers and 6 independent outpatient clinics (IOC's), 124 hospitals and 3 IOC's have affiliation agreements with 135 of 141 allopathic Accredited Medical Schools and 35 of 40 osteopathic medical schools for physician education. Many trainees have their health profession degrees and contribute substantially to VA’s ability to deliver cost-effective and high-quality patient care during their advanced clinical training at VA.
VA physician faculty members have joint appointments at the university and at VA, seeing patients at VA, supervising students and residents, and conducting research. VA's affiliations and the educational environment contribute to VA's patient care mission by enabling the delivery of high quality patient care to the veterans and beneficiaries that VA serves.
Most (about 99%) of VA's graduate medical education (GME) programs are sponsored in the name of an affiliate - generally a medical school or teaching hospital. About one-third of VA's dental residency training programs are sponsored by the VA and 80% of these are in general practice dentistry. The other two-thirds are sponsored by dental or medical schools, universities or teaching hospitals.
Accreditation & Funding
All VA residency training programs must be fully accredited by the appropriate accrediting body and residents must be enrolled in the accredited program to be eligible for VA funding. In some situations, Chief Residents may also be funded as post-residency positions.
Applying for Medical and Dental Residency Training Programs
Make your application through the the appropriate links below.
The Office of Academic Affiliations DOES NOT accept applications for residency training programs.
Contact Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)*, or contact the program director, or the Graduate Medical Eduction Office of the sponsoring institution to which you wish to apply.
- Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)* For medical school graduates and residents applying for physician resident positions
- National Resident Match Program (NRMP)* For VA-affiliated and VA-sponsored programs
- Matching Program* Some specialty training programs participate in the "Match" (e.g., ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and neurosurgery).
Accredited Physician Residency Training Programs
- Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education*
- American Medical Association*
- Osteopathic residency programs*
Dental Residency Training Programs
Must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Education (CODA) of the American Dental Association.
- American Dental Association* Post-graduate programs
- American Dental Education Association*
- Find a dental residency program in VA facilities
Graduate Medical Education References
- American Board of Medical Specialties* All specialty board requirements
- Association of American Medical Colleges* Undergraduate GME, workforce issues, continuing education
- Council on Graduate Medical Education* Reports to Congress and Dept. of Health & Human Services on GME issues
- American Medical Association Medical School & Residency *
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medial Graduates (ECFMG)* All international medical graduates must be ECFMG certified to train in VA-affiliated or VA-sponsored programs.
- VA Facilities Locator