Student/Residents & Academic Affiliations Information - Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center


Student/Residents & Academic Affiliations Information

In 2017, 122,949 trainees received some or all of their clinical training in VA facilities. The VA conducts the largest education and training effort for health professionals in the United States. Educational partnership remains one of VA’s main missions. Today, VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations continues to maintain and expand our close relationships with institutions of higher learning to provide advanced clinical training in physician education, nursing, dentistry, psychology, social work, optometry, dietetics and nearly 40 other health care professions.

Teaching Mission: VA's teaching mission contributes to high quality health care of veterans in the following ways:

  • By creating a climate of clinical inquiry between trainees and teachers.
  • By enhancing quality of care through the application of medical advances.
  • Through the provision of excellent clinical care by supervised trainees.
  • Through the recruitment of highly qualified health care professionals into the VA healthcare system.

 Goals of the Program: VA's teaching mission and its clinical learning environment contribute to excellent patient care for veterans and enhance VA's ability to attract and retain high quality professional staff. VA collaborates closely with academic and professional communities to educate the next generation of health care professions and to identify and develop new specialized areas of clinical training. VA is a highly recognized and valuable national resource in the health care community at large and is valued as a preferred training site for future health professionals.