Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 to alleviate staffing shortages in underserved and rural areas by increasing the number of graduate medical education residency positions (GME) at medical facilities by 1,500 positions over 5 years. Under the law, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary is required to give priority to residency positions and programs in primary care, mental health and other shortage specialties.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is working hard to expand into family medicine training, but unfortunately, due to structural constraints both in the law and in relation to family medicine accreditation requirements, the goals have not been realized. However, as we continue our efforts to modify some of the statutory and regulatory limitations of the law, there is still an opportunity right now to explore how you might access these positions.
If you would like to explore the feasibility of obtaining new Veterans Administration funded residency positions please take a look at the documents below. In addition, to help programs navigate the waters, the VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations has enhanced its staff to include two academic family medicine physicians: Edward Bope, MD and Kathleen Klink, MD.
Contacting the VA Office of Academic Affiliations
Edward T Bope, MD
|Kathleen A. Klink, MD