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Round III Announcement of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) GME Enhancement Initiative

Application Deadline: July 1, 2016

(April 26, 2016) The Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for GME Enhancement for physician residency positions allocated under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA) signed into law on August 7, 2014. This legislation directs the VA to create 1,500 medical residency positions over five years, or to ensure that currently established graduate medical education (GME) programs have an adequate number of residency positions.

The current RFP is the third phase of implementation of the VACAA legislation and will include allocation for the Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018, which begins July 1, 2017. This RFP will build on the 372 positions already awarded in Rounds I and II with the goal of reaching 1,500 positions at the end of Round V. Please note that funding allocations for future rounds are contingent upon Congressional appropriations and budgetary approval within the VA. VACAA specifically targets the following specialties and/or geographic areas for the new medical resident positions:

  • Primary Care (family medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics)
  • Mental Health (psychiatry and psychiatry subspecialties)
  • New sites for GME
  • Critical Access Needs, which are locations within Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), having a shortage of physicians, or in a program/area where there are delays in veteran access to care, such as rural areas
  • Subspecialty programs for documented and high priority access issues

Formal applications in response to this RFP are due July 1, 2016. Please see the RFP document for online submission instructions. The RFP review process will take place in August 2016, and facilities will be notified about the approval or disapproval of their applications in September 2016. Final allocation planning by facilities, Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) and affiliates will take place November-December 2016. New residents may begin their training July 1, 2017.

AACOM continues to collaborate with the OAA to facilitate the dissemination of information and resources on this opportunity to the osteopathic medical education (OME) community and its GME partners. The OAA offers its assistance to facilitate conversations with local VA facilities and the OME community, as needed.

Interested parties should contact:

To learn more about VA’s GME expansion plan please visit AACOM’s VA GME web page.

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April/May 2016
Vol. 10, No. 4