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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Since 1946, medical schools and teaching hospitals have partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to advance our joint missions of education, research, and patient care. These long-standing academic affiliations help VA recruit expert clinicians and researchers to the VA and expand veterans’ access to quality health care at non-VA facilities.

The AAMC represents 51 VA medical centers; there are more than 450 affiliation agreements between the VA, medical schools, and teaching hospitals; and over two thirds of physicians rotate through the VA during their medical education and training.

The AAMC advocates to improve health care for our nation’s veterans through the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) and the Independent Budget prepared by veterans service organizations. Additionally, the AAMC collaborates with member institutions in the White House Joining Forces initiative to improve the military cultural competency of physicians.

For more information contact:

Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116
Email: mshick@aamc.org


News and Updates


Senate VA Committee Approves VA Choice Reform Bill, Preserves Academic Affiliations

December 7, 2017

The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Sept. 29 approved the Caring for Our Veterans Act of 2017 (S. 2193), sending the measure to the full Senate for consideration.


Research Groups Oppose Proposed Prohibition on VA Research with Canines

December 1, 2017

The AAMC Nov. 17 joined a community letter, coordinated by the National Association for Biomedical Research, to House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs in opposition to the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act (PUPPERS Act, H.R. 3197) and other efforts to defund research with canines at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


House VA Panel Examines Choice 2.0, VA GME Expansion

October 27, 2017

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs held an Oct. 24 hearing on pending draft legislation to reform how veterans access care at non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, also testified regarding a VA proposal released Oct. 16, titled the “Veteran Coordinated Access and Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act.”


VA Issues Proposed Rule to Expand Telehealth

October 6, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Oct. 2 issued for public comment a proposed rule that would allow VA health care providers to provide care through the use of telehealth to individuals located in a different state from the provider, regardless of any state laws, rules, licensure, registration, or certification requirements to the contrary.


Senate Panel, FOVA Briefing Examine Veteran Suicide Prevention

September 29, 2017

The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) coalition both held Sept. 27 events to examine how to prevent veteran suicide.


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