Resources for DEOs - Office of Academic Affiliations
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Resources for DEOs


The Designated Education Officer (DEO) or Associate Chief of Staff for Education (ACOS/E) is a facility-based learning leader with oversight, responsibility, and accountability for all accredited and affiliated clinical trainee programs within that facility. The DEO maintains the quality of the relationships with affiliates and a positive, effective local learning environment. The DEO contributes to the quality of health care for Veterans and the nation and has responsibilities for:

  • Enabling Learning
  • Aligning Resources
  • Driving Results
  • Leading Change

Learn more about how a DEO leads educational initiatives within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in The Role of the Designated Education Officer (DEO).

Additional Resources

Trainee Qualifications and Credentials Verification Letter
Each Health Professions Trainee (HPT) must be listed on a Trainee Qualifications and Credentials Verification Letter (TQCVL) by the Program Director (VA or non-VA) before participating in training at a VA facility.

Health Professions Trainee Resources

Affiliation Agreements and Resources