Office of Academic Affiliations
Resources for Health Professions Trainees Coming to VA
Thank you for pursuing clinical training at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). By participating in a health professions training program, you are playing a vital role in providing high-quality health care to Veterans. For any question, contact the program coordinator at the institution where your program is located.
Review Onboarding Requirements and Forms
In addition to any program-specific applications forms, clinical trainees must meet specific requirements and complete the forms provided here.
Department of Veterans Affairs Psychology Postdoctoral Resident
or Advanced Fellow Verification Agreement
VA Psychology postdoctoral residents and advanced fellows must complete all academic requirements of their doctoral degree from a program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) prior to their matriculation into the postdoctoral residency or advanced fellowship program. VA program directors are responsible for verifying that requirements have been met prior to completing the onboarding process. Consistent with APPIC Postdoctoral Guidelines, this verification includes ensuring receipt of “a diploma or a letter from the Director of graduate studies verifying the completion of all degree requirements pending institution graduation ceremony.”
Complete Mandatory Training for Trainees
Mandatory Training (MTT) constitutes the minimum curriculum necessary for a trainee to train safely and effectively in VA and is required for all clinical trainees each year. In this course, you will refresh your knowledge on a wide range of topics, including VA's mission, safety, information security, privacy, ethics, health records, and VA Career opportunities.
Take the Trainee Satisfaction Survey
The Trainee Satisfaction Survey (TSS) provides an opportunity for clinical trainees to rate their VA training. As you come to the end of your training rotation at VA, your program coordinator will ask you to take this anonymous survey. Your feedback will help us identify areas of excellence and areas where we need to improve.
Complete the Computerized Patient Record System Tab by Tab Training
Download the Military Health History Pocket Card
The Military Health History Pocket Card is issued to all clinical trainees. This card gives an overview of health issues of particular concern to our Veteran patients. The card and website include links to valuable information on those issues. See your local VA program coordinator to receive your card.
Download a mobile-friendly version of the Military Health History Pocket Card.
Download the Resident Supervision Pocket Card
The Resident Supervision Pocket Card is issued to each physician resident. It includes tips and requirements on documentation in the patient health record. See your local VA program coordinator to receive your card.
Learn About VA Career Opportunities
As your training ends, take a closer look at a career at VA.