Dr. Robin Hurley says the litmus test for VA affiliations with national medical colleges is in the care provided to Veterans. Hurley is the associate chief of staff for research and academic affairs at the Salisbury VA Medical Center in North Carolina. She coordinates and oversees training and education programs of VA residents and students through the VA’s affiliation with the Wake Forest School of Medicine in nearby Winston-Salem.
Hurley began her VA career at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, where she first worked in the training of young professionals in that facility’s affiliation with the Baylor College of Medicine.
She shared some of her thoughts on the tremendous impact that VA partnerships with U.S. medical schools have had on health care for Veterans and medicine in general.
Affiliating with U.S. medical colleges was a key piece of the puzzle in building a health-care system that could care for the millions of Veterans coming home after from World War II. The growth of these partnerships continues to train health-care providers to meet ever-increasing needs. Training doctors and nurses by the thousands and establishing research agreements with the nation’s medical schools would result in the largest health-care training program in the United States
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Look for more testimonials between now and Jan. 30, the day in 1946 that Policy Memorandum #2 was issued, creating the association between VA and medical schools and America’s biggest health-care training program.