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Internships and fellowships

VA Orlando health care provides training programs for students at the college, university, and postgraduate levels. Explore our training programs to find out about how we can help you start your career as a health care professional.

Psychology Training Programs

Training Director: Bryan Batien, Ph.D., ABPP (Bryan.Batien@va.gov)

Associate Training Director: Laurie Wolf, Ph.D. (Laurie.Wolf2@va.gov)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

  • Two full-time, year-long Postdoctoral Fellowship positions in Clinical Psychology
  • Fellowship has two areas of clinical emphasis:  PTSD/Trauma or Substance Use Disorders. Each area of emphasis accepts one Fellow each training year.
  • The Postdoctoral Fellowship is Accredited, On Contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • For more information on our Postdoctoral Fellowship, please download our brochure below.

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

  • Six predoctoral internship positions in Clinical Psychology.
  • All intern positions are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • For more information on our internship, please download our brochure below.

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Practicum Training

  • We train about six Clinical Psychology graduate students each year.
  • Practicum students are selected from local doctoral programs in Clinical Psychology including the University of Central Florida and Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).
  • Practicum Student average 10-15 hours per week on site.

Pharmacy Post Graduate Year-1 (PGY-1) Residency Program

Program Director: Jacqueline Byrd, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP (Jacqueline.Byrd@va.gov)

  • ASHP-accredited 12-month training program
  • 6 positions/year
  • Variety of practice settings including acute care, ambulatory care, intensive care, and specialty care
  • For more information, please download the following documents:

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

The VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Nurse Practitioner Residency (NPR) program is one of VA’s premier education and training programs designed to prepare the next generation of well-rounded, highly skilled Nurse Practitioners (NPs).

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Citizen of the United States
  • Recent graduate (within 12 months) of master's or doctoral level nurse practitioner program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Serving in their first nurse practitioner role
  • Hold current board certification in the same specialty area as the program’s focus:
    • Primary Care NP Residents must hold either an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner board certification.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a nurse practitioner in a state, commonwealth or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, prior to the start of the NPR program.
  • Pass pre-trainee physical exam
  • Background and Security Investigation Required
  • Random Drug Testing Required
  • Males-previous and timely registration with Selective Service

Salary and Benefits:

The resident in our program is considered a federal full-time trainee with a stipend and benefit package.

Benefits include:

  • Government Health Care Medical Plan
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Annual and Sick Leave is accrued at a rate of 4/4 hours per pay period

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application for Health Professions Trainees VA Form 10-2850D 10-2850d (va.gov)
  • Declaration for Federal Employment OF 306  Optional Form 306 (Rev. October 2011) (opm.gov)
  • Personal Statement: Describing your aspirations for this residency and your future nursing career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation (sent directly to the program director):
    • One must be from a faculty member of your graduate program (familiar with your clinical experience)
    • One from a preceptor
    • One from an employer/supervisor
  • Original transcripts from College and Graduate School (s) (sent directly to the program director)

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications are accepted until March 31st
  • Application review and interviews will be scheduled in April/May
  • Residency Program start date is Mid-September

Complete application materials must be postmarked or e-mailed by close of business (COB) on March 31st.

Program Contact:

Cheryl Cooper, MSN, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C

Orlando VA Medical Center-Lake Nona Campus

Director, OVAHCS MH APRN Pilot Traineeship Program

Office Phone: (407) 631.4028

 

Mental Health Counseling Training Program

Training Director: Sarah Towers, LMHC, LMFT (Sarah.Towers@va.gov)

Internship Training

  • We train three to six Mental Health Counseling graduate students each year.
  • Internship students are selected from local Master’s programs in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling;  including the University of Central Florida, Stetson University and Rollins College.
  • Internship Students average 25 hours per week on site and complete 600 hours on site with 240 hours of direct clinical contact during their two semester internship.

Orlando VA AEGD Dental Residency Program

Program Description, Objectives, and Goals

The Orlando VA Health Care System offers a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program which specifically revolves around the requirements listed by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program begins July 1 of each year and ends 52 weeks later (around June 30th).

The overall goal of the Orlando VA Health Care System Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program is to provide the resident with experiences in general dentistry beyond the scope of the undergraduate dental school curriculum and to provide that dental care in a hospital setting.

The primary objectives of the residency include:

  1. Resident to serve as primary dental care provider for patients, providing multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care, emergency treatment, and maintenance therapy. In doing so the resident will diagnose and treatment plan patients in a competent and compassionate manner without compromise to ethics or morals or eligibility. Treatment modalities to be used will include most dental specialty disciplines and will encourage using advanced treatment modalities leading to improving the resident’s competency, proficiency, and confidence.
  2. Resident to use sound clinical judgment, plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special medical or physical needs.
  3. Resident to appreciate the relationship of oral disease to systemic medical health and disease. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  4. Resident to appreciate the oral health needs of communities including the homeless veteran and to engage in community service such as Homeless Stand Downs.
  5. Resident to develop competency in the interaction with other health care providers, to include physicians, nurses, pharmacist, and others and to further develop competency in providing consultative information to those practitioners.
  6. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Orlando VAHCS is pleased to announce the formation of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. Our program offers residents the opportunity to expand clinical skills in orthopedics through evidence-based clinical care, 1:1 mentorship, didactic education, and several clinical rotations in our high-reliability organization. Our program consists of a strong curriculum, interprofessional practice, and clinical opportunities across a variety of settings such as Outpatient PT, Amputee, Emergency Department, Primary Care, Acute Care, Orthopedic Surgery, Occupational Therapy, and Prosthetics. Our didactic curriculum will also be supplemented with a subscription to Medbridge for the length of the residency.

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MISSION & VISION

Mission Statement: To build the residents’ lifelong clinical decision-making skills in orthopedics through strong mentorships, varied clinical experiences, and evidence-based didactic education. With an interdisciplinary approach to care for the diverse VA population, our program provides an advanced learning setting that embraces the vertical growth of the residents as they become expert-level providers in orthopedic care.

Vision Statement: To transform the way we practice as clinicians, seeking to advance the physical therapy profession by elevating clinical knowledge through an Orthopedic PT Residency. Ultimately, veterans will be enthusiastically devoted to VA care and clinicians cannot imagine working anywhere else.

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GOALS & OUTCOMES

Goals

  1. Provide a high-quality learning curriculum for residents to develop clinical decision-making skills in the management of orthopedic conditions.
  2. Deliver a solid framework for comprehensive collaborative healthcare in a high-reliability organization.
  3. Guide residents to practice autonomously and confidently in varied clinical settings.
  4. Prepare residents and mentors to become effective educators in orthopedics to all stakeholders.
  5. Create education experiences to provide a context for life-long learning.
  6. Ensure consistency in program delivery in all clinical settings.
  7. Prepare residents to sit for and successfully pass the ABPTS Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Examination.
  8. Support Orlando VA Mission to “Honor America’s veterans by providing excellent health care that improves their health and well-being”.

Outcomes

  1. Expert providers in orthopedic physical therapy practice.
  2. Contributors to quality care coordination for complex orthopedic cases.
  3. Models of excellence and professionalism in the healthcare community.
  4. Facilitators of the advancement of colleagues, peers, students, providers, and community.
  5. Life-long committers to evidence-based literature and advanced orthopedic clinical practice.
  6. Analyzers of introspective assessments for professional growth.
  7. Be prepared to sit for the ABPTS Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Examination.

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HOW TO APPLY

Eligibility Qualifications

U.S. Citizen

Graduate of a CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program

Hold an active physical therapy license or be eligible for licensure in any US state

Temporary License is sufficient to begin the program

1For applicants pending NPTE examination, continued program participation is contingent on passing the licensure exam within 30 days of the program start date.

Application Requirements

Physical Therapy School Transcripts (cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above)

Letter of Intent

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Three (3) Professional Letters of Recommendation

Preferred Qualifications

APTA and AOPT membership

Minimum of one clinical experience in an outpatient setting

Demonstrate high academic achievement

Strong oral and written communication skills

Upon Selection, the candidate must meet all criteria for federal employment as a VA-Paid Health Professions Trainee.

Application Due Date: 03/15/2023.

All candidates must submit a complete application through RFPTCAS by the published deadline.  ______________________________________________________________________________

RESIDENT POSITION

Resident Position is a full-time (40 hours per week) one-year temporary appointment.

Start Date: 08/2023.

Fixed stipend is set annually by the Office of Academic Affiliations. 2022-2023 Academic Year is $43,760.

Benefits include paid annual and sick leave, 11 paid federal holidays, and optional healthcare coverage.

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PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Residents will work 32 hours per week providing clinical care and 8 hours a week will be dedicated to didactic activities. The program curriculum will be inclusive of independent clinical care, clinical and academic mentorship, in-services, journal clubs, resident and guest lecturer presentations, huddles and rounds, clinical supervision of DPT and PTA students, multidisciplinary observation experiences in specialty PT clinics and Orthopedic surgery, and Medbridge education courses.

The program curriculum was designed using the Orthopedic Descriptions of Specialty & Residency Practice (DSP & DRP), Current Concepts of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, 5th Edition and other AOPT resources with an emphasis on the Clinical Practice Guidelines.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Nathalie Librot, PT, DPT, SCCE

Physical Therapy Residency & Education Director

Rehabilitation Supervisor

Office: 407-236-4261

Nathalie.Librot@va.gov

Veronica Valenzuela, PT, DPT, GTS, PYT-c, HSP

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Orthopedic PT Residency and Surgical Care Coordinator

Office: 407-631-3172

Veronica.Valenzuela@va.gov

** American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) has granted Orlando VA Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.

Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program

The VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency (PBRNR) program is one of VA’s premier education and training programs designed to provide a supportive environment for nurses as they transition into their new roles as a licensed registered nurse.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Citizen of the United States
  • Recent graduate (within 12 months) from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program with a BSN or master’s level entry to practice
  • Current, unrestricted RN license (Obtained by September 1, 2022)
  • Pass pre-trainee physical exam
  • Background and Security Investigation Required
  • Random Drug Testing Required
  • Males-previous and timely registration with Selective Service

Salary and Benefits:

The resident in our program is considered a federal full-time trainee with a stipend and benefit package.

Benefits include:

  • Government Health Care Medical Plan
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Annual and Sick Leave is accrued at a rate of 4/4 hours per pay period

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application for Health Professions Trainees VA Form 10-2850D 10-2850d (va.gov)
  • Declaration for Federal Employment OF 306  Optional Form 306 (Rev. October 2011) (opm.gov)
  • Personal Statement: Describing your aspirations for this residency and your future nursing career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation (sent directly to the program director):
    • One must be from a faculty member of your program (familiar with your clinical experience)
    • One from a preceptor
    • One from an employer/supervisor
  • Original transcripts from College and/or Graduate School (s) (sent directly to the program director)

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications are accepted until March 31st
  • Application review and interviews will be scheduled in April/May
  • Residency Program start date is Mid-September

Complete application materials must be postmarked or e-mailed by close of business (COB) on March 31st.

Program Contact:

Bridget Everett, MSN/MHA, MEDSURG-BC, VHA-CM

Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program Director

Phone: 407-631-4026

E-mail: Bridget.everett@va.gov