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Education and Training for Health Professions Trainees

The VHA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) conducts the Nation’s largest education and training program for health professions trainees. These training programs are accomplished through affiliations with over 1,800 academic institutions, including nearly all the medical schools in the United States. Over 124,000 clinical trainees rotate through VA Medical Centers each year; nurses, doctors, optometrists, podiatrists, pharmacists, psychologists are just some of the trainees. 

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Our Impact

VA’s academic partnerships and clinical trainees contribute to excellent high-quality patient care and enhanced healthcare access for Veterans. They also enhance VA's ability to attract and retain high quality professional staff. VA collaborates closely with academic and professional communities to educate the next generation of health care professions and to identify and develop new specialized areas of clinical training.

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