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AACOM President & CEO Joins Celebration of VA's Academic Affiliations

Since 1946, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has forged valuable partnerships with the nation's medical schools to train clinicians to provide the best care possible for the nation's veterans. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of these partnerships, the VA recently launched a series of videos highlighting the achievements of these partnerships and featuring leaders in medicine, including AACOM President & CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO. To learn more about the 70th Anniversary Celebrations, view the VA's blog, VAntage Point



In this video, Dr. Shannon highlights the fact that one in four entering medical students in the United States is attending an osteopathic medical school. Many of these schools are located in rural and underserved areas where health care needs are great for veterans and others. Partnerships between the VA and medical schools allow for greater levels of care to veterans, foster innovation in health care, and provide rewarding experiences to clinical faculty who thrive in academic settings where education and research are involved. 

“These opportunities with the VA introduce our students [to] the possibilities of being involved with the VA and health services… everybody gains from these opportunities,” said Dr. Shannon. 

AACOM is very much interested in the expansion of the VA graduate medical education (GME) opportunities to build training programs for graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in locations where they will train with the population that they will likely serve after their residency training. Students gain from working with the veteran population, and service to this population overlaps with the mission of osteopathic medical schools.

To learn more visit the following AACOM web pages today: VA GME,  Joining Forces, and D.O. More.