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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 1,500 medical residency positions over the next five years, or to ensure that currently established medical residency programs have an adequate number of residency positions.

AACOM, in collaboration with the VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), is facilitating the dissemination of information to the osteopathic medical education community and its graduate medical education (GME) partners on an important opportunity to expand GME positions. The OAA under the Veterans Health Administration’s oversees the design, implementation, and monitoring of the GME expansion plan.

AACOM will continue to partner with the OAA to engage and inform the osteopathic medical education community about this initiative. 

For information and/or to learn more about AACOM’s activities on this issue, email VA_GME@aacom.org
 


AACOM President & CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, talks about Academic Affiliations with the VA. Video courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Resources

Round IV Announcement of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GME Enhancement Initiative

(March 17, 2017) AACOM is pleased to notify its membership and the osteopathic medical education (OME) community of an important opportunity to expand graduate medical education (GME) positions, as authorized by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA), through collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Administered by the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), the Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking applications from VA facilities that want to expand their current GME programs or affiliations for Academic Year 2018-2019, which begins on July 1, 2018. The OAA is also requesting proposals from VA facilities that do not currently have a GME program and want to begin training physician residents. To learn more, please review AACOM’s announcement.

AACOM Hosts Webinar Update on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GME Expansion Plan

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, AACOM partnered with the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Academic Affiliations to provide an update for the osteopathic medical education community about graduate medical education expansion opportunities through the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014View webinar.

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

(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. Formal applications in response to this RFP are due July 1, 2016. Please see the RFP document for online submission instructions. For more, read AACOM’s announcement here.

AACOM Hosts Informational Webinar on the Department of Veterans Affairs GME Expansion Plan

On October 26, 2015, AACOM hosted a discussion featuring officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Academic Affiliations on GME expansion opportunities for the osteopathic medical education community. View the webinar.  Download a PDF of the presentation.

Department of Veterans Affairs Announcement of Phase II of GME Enhancement VACAA Initiative

On June 15, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for GME Enhancement for residency positions allocated under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA). This legislation, signed into law on August 7, 2014, directs the VA to create 1,500 medical residency positions over five years (for positions beginning July 1, 2015 through 2019), or to ensure that currently established graduate medical education (GME) programs have an adequate number of residency positions. Formal applications in response to this RFP are due August 15, 2015. Please see the RFP document and the data entry and file upload instructions for online submission instructions and more information. For more, read AACOM’s announcement here.

VA Interim Under Secretary for Health Memo on Expansion of VA GME Positions

In a recent memo to VA medical center leadership, the VA’s Interim Under Secretary for Health Carolyn Clancy, MD, expressed strong interest within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for “innovative and creative ideas to expand GME programs”. The OAA is directing the goal by including non-traditional educational entities, “such as osteopathic postgraduate training institutions” and through supporting GME programs with a local hospital and medical school. The VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) is expected to soon issue a request for proposals for Phase II of the VACAA GME Enhancement Program for AY 2016-2017.

AACOM and OAA Present VA Briefing on GME Expansion Plan  

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, AACOM, in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), presented a briefing to update the osteopathic medical education community on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s GME Expansion Plan. 

Read more.        Presentation (pdf)     Audio Recording (47 min)
 

VACAA Frequently Asked Questions

(Feb 10, 2015) The VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations has recently authored “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) on the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. Many of the FAQs were informed by questions the OAA received from AACOM’s constituents. Stay tuned for more information.

Read the FAQs.
 

AACOM Hosts U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Informational Briefing on GME expansion

On October 6, 2014, AACOM, in partnership with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) & the Association of Osteopathic Directors & Medical Educators (AODME), led a discussion with the OAA, about the new VA opportunity to expand GME positions. In this conference call, officials from the OAA provided information on the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 

Veterans Affairs Points of Care Maps


The OAA has developed a nationwide map of all 22 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs), Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in order to assist the osteopathic medical education community in identifying and building relationships with potential GME partners. 
Access the map and resources here.

On each of the 22 VISN pages you will find:

  • A downloadable VISN Points of Care map (includes medical centers and CBOCs);
  • A downloadable spreadsheet showing the VISN, CBOCs, the name of the facility, address, and phone number


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AACOM President, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, member of VA’s National Academic Affiliations Council

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPHAACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, who was appointed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, represents the nation’s osteopathic medical schools and is the only osteopathic physician on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC).

NAAC was established in October 2011 to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on issues affecting partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation’s health professions schools and universities. 

Resources on NAAC