VA’s teaching mission has had wide ranging impacts within and beyond the VA. These include expanding the clinical workforce of VA and enhanced Veteran access to care, providing excellent quality care through highly trained and university-affiliated health care professionals, and establishing a clinical trainee pipeline to recruit the best and brightest health care professionals to VA. In addition, the VA academic partnerships have pioneered the development of new health care disciplines—such as geriatrics, spinal cord injury medicine, and addiction psychiatry—and helped define the role of new treatments and practice patterns such as pain management, interprofessional education and team-based care.
Approximately 120,000 health professions trainees receive clinical training at VA each year. VA's physician education program is conducted in collaboration with 149 of 155 LCME-accredited medical schools and all 37 AOA-accredited osteopathic medical schools. In addition, more than 40 other health professions are represented by affiliations with over 1,800 unique colleges and universities. In our efforts to reflect the diverse Veteran population, these schools include Minority Serving Institutions such as Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.