New Opportunity by the Department of Veterans Affairs to Expand GME Positions

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (PL 113-146) signed into law by President Obama on August 7, 2014 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create medical residency programs, or ensure that currently established medical residency programs have an adequate number of residency positions. The legislation states that the Veterans Administration shall expand the number of graduate medical education residency positions at medical facilities of the Department by up to 1,500 positions over the next five years.

AACOM’s president, Dr. Stephen C. Shannon is an appointed member of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC).

The Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) will manage the implementation of the GME expansion plan and seeks to raise awareness in the osteopathic academic community about these opportunities.

On October 6, AACOM hosted a discussion on GME expansion featuring officials from the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Academic Affiliations to discuss this opportunity. The conference call was co-sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME). On this conference call, officials from the VHA’s Office of Academic Affiliations provided information on the new bill and its impact on GME expansion and the osteopathic medical education community. To learn more about the call and this new initiative, please visit the links below:

For further information about this GME expansion initiative at the VHA, contact:

For information regarding the conference call, please contact

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October 2014
Vol. 8, No. 10