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Bay Pines VAHCS BSN nurse resident highlight

Highlighting nurse residents

OAA would like to highlight three BSN nurse residents from the first PB-RNR cohort at the Bay Pines VAHCS in Bay Pines, Florida!

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From coast to coast: Celebrating HPE Week

HPE Week highlights

Last week, March 11-15, 2024, health professions trainees, Veterans, and clinical staff in VA medical centers across the country...

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Houston VA virtual reality grant program to improve care for Veterans

Houston VA VR grant program

At the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston, Texas, leaders are working to improve care for Veterans and employee well-being by...

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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 78 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. For more information on how to establish an academic affiliation with VA, click here.

Medical and Dental Education

VA's physician education program is conducted in collaboration with 151 allopathic medical schools and 35 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 60 health professions.

Advanced Fellowships & Professional Development

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

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