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70-year Veterans Affairs, Academic Medicine Partnership Enhances Doctor Training and Patient Care

Washington, D.C., January 29, 2016AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement in recognition of the 70th anniversary of academic affiliations with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

“Seventy years ago this month, facing the imminent return of tens of thousands of new patients from World War II,  the Department of Veterans Affairs formed an unprecedented partnership with academic medicine that has contributed to world-class care for generations of veterans. Through this historic collaboration , the VA has become the largest single provider of medical training in the country, where more than 40,000 residents and 20,000 medical students receive clinical training each year.

Like two-thirds of America’s physicians, I trained at a VA hospital during both medical school and residency. The practical training I received at the VA was invaluable, and it was a privilege to care for those who served and to work alongside the health professionals and staff who carry out the VA’s mission on a daily basis.

The AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals are proud to continue this important partnership with VA medical centers, which have pioneered innovations in patient care and conducted cutting-edge research to transform medicine for countless veterans and the nation as a whole.”

For more information on how the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are partnering to ensure all veterans receive the care they need, visit


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at

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