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Celebrating 75 Years

Celebrating 75 Years

In 2021, VA celebrates 75 years of partnering with medical schools to meet the needs of Veterans and the nation.

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Our Story

Our Story

Partnering with academic institutions, VA provides state-of-the-art health care to Veterans and creates the health care workforce of the future.

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Our Impact

Our Impact

OAA has a “Passion to Learn. Power to Heal.” that is foundational to VA’s educational mission.

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To Educate for VA and the Nation

As one of four statutory missions, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educates and trains health professionals to enhance the quality of and timely access to care provided to Veterans within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare system. To achieve this mission, "To educate for VA and the Nation", the VA has conducted health professions education and training in partnership with affiliated U.S. academic institutions for the past 75 years in accordance with the landmark 1946 Policy Memorandum No. 2.

Title 38 U.S.C. Section 7302 mandates that VA assist in carrying out a “program of education and training of health personnel” for its own needs and those of the nation. Overseen by the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), this mandate spurred the significant growth in the depth and breadth of health professions education in the VA, which is now the largest provider of health professions education and training and second largest funder of graduate medical education in the United States.

Training Programs

VA's teaching mission and clinical learning environment prepare the next generation of health professionals. The following programs are available to help future health professionals enhance skills, prepare for leadership positions, and better understand health policy.

Medical and Dental Education

VA's physician education program is conducted in collaboration with 149 allopathic medical schools and all osteopathic medical schools.

Nursing Education

VA partners with the country's finest nursing schools to provide compassionate, highly educated nurses to look after the health care needs of our Nation's Veterans.

Associated Health Education

Through affiliations with individual health professions schools and colleges, clinical traineeships, and fellowships are provided to students in more than 40 health professions.

Advanced Fellowships

The VA Advanced Fellowships Program offers post-residency fellowships to physicians and dentists in emerging health professions of particular importance to VA and the Nation.