75th Anniversary of VA's Academic Mission - Office of Academic Affiliations
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75th Anniversary of VA's Academic Mission

"To educate for VA and the Nation" remains one of VA's foundational missions. For 75 years, VA has worked with academic institutions to provide high quality, state-of-the-art health care to America's Veterans and to train new health professionals to meet the rapidly evolving health care needs within VA and the Nation.

The remarkable partnership between VA and our academic affiliates reaches back to the end of World War II. Following the allied victory, VA faced the imminent arrival of over 100,000 new patients without the capacity to meet their needs. To meet this challenge, VA struck a landmark deal outlined in Policy Memorandum No. 2, Policy in Association of Veterans’ Hospitals with Medical Schools. The emerging partnership created a dynamic, talented workforce of students, physician residents, and faculty who provide world class care to our Veterans while providing training to generations of future physicians. In fact, about 70% of physicians in the United States have received at least some of their training with VA. Annually, VA provides training for about 120,000 trainees.

What's next?

The VA, with its affiliates, has historically been a leader in developing new disciplines to meet the changing needs of the population. Today, the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) maintains more than 7,000 agreements with over 1,800 institutions, ensuring that training programs are available in every U.S. state and territory. Through these partnerships, OAA has built and diversified the Nation’s talent pipeline in over 40 health professions, including psychology, nursing, and social work. Unique partnerships ensure health professionals gain invaluable knowledge and experiences that help them better serve the special needs of Veterans and the Nation.

Building on strong academic partnerships and a commitment to improving care, the future is bright for the educational mission of the VA.

Visit this site often for new content and updates throughout 2021 as the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) celebrates this landmark achievement.

Key Milestones

Explore this timeline and key milestones to learn how these partnerships help create the healthcare workforce for Veterans and the Nation.