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Helping Our Nation's Veterans

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Medical schools and teaching hospitals' have partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 70 years, dating back to the end of World War II. The VA has become a vital part of U.S. physician training, with more than 40,000 residents and more than 20,000 medical students receiving some or all of their clinical training at a VA facility per year.

Through the missions of medical education, research, and clinical care, the AAMC and America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals will continue to build on this important partnership to ensure veterans receive the care they deserve.

70th Anniversary of Academic Affiliations

2016 marked the 70th anniversary of the affiliation between the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the VA, which dates back to the end of World War II. Access the following resources for more information about academic affiliations with the VA:

Learn more about this unprecedented collaboration by watching short videos on how the VA’s academic affiliations improve care, featuring AAMC President Emeritus Darrell G. Kirch, MD, and AAMC Chief Academic Officer John Prescott, MD.

The VA and Academic Medicine: Partners in Health Care, Training, and Research

America's medical schools and teaching hospitals and the VA collaborate in many ways, including training physicians, conducting medical research, and caring for VA patients.
Learn more about this historic partnership

AAMC Testifies at House VA Committee Hearing on Academic Affiliations

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, AAMC Chief Health Care Officer Janis Orlowski, MD, MACP, testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs at a hearing titled "VA and Academic Affiliations: Who Benefits?" Dr. Orlowski's testimony focused on the value of VA graduate medical education, research, joint ventures, sole-source contracting, and aspects of the proposed Veterans Choice Program to access and quality of care for veterans, both inside and outside the VA system.
Read an executive summary of Dr. Orlowski's testimony
Read Dr. Orlowski's full testimony
Watch a video of the hearing

FOVA Holds Briefings on VA Funded Research

The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) hosted a congressional briefing discussing ways in which VA-conducted or funded research can impact patient care titled “VA Research from Bench to Bedside,” in conjunction with National VA Research Week on May 16, 2016. FOVA also held a February 22, 2016 briefing on efforts made to improve care for women veterans titled “Veterans Health Research: A Focus on Women,” featuring investigators funded by the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research program. AAMC is a member of the FOVA executive committee.

AAMC Underscores Importance of VA-Academic Affiliations

In March 2016, AAMC President Emeritus Darrell G. Kirch, MD, sent a letter highlighting the importance of the VA-academic affiliations to House and Senate VA Committee leadership.


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