Dr. Carolyn Clancy came to VA in 2013 after 23 years of distinguished service at the federal Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, the last 10 years as its director. In 2009, she was the first woman to top Modern Healthcare’s list of the country’s 50 Most Influential Physicians.
On July 2,2014, Dr. Clancy was named Interim Under Secretary for Health to help get the Veteran Health Administration back on track. She served in that capacity until a new Under Secretary was named. Dr. Clancy is now back in her position as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value, where she steadfastly plans, directs, coordinates and evaluates VHA programs and approaches.
We interviewed Dr. Clancy to discuss VA’s growing partnerships with U.S. medical schools and the impact they have had on the growth and success of medicine for Veterans and all humankind.
“I think our 70-year history has served both academic centers and Veterans very, very well, but I also think that there are additional opportunities,” Clancy said. “I do think that together we can learn and help each other step up to the needs of 21st century health care, by which I mean care that is more team-based and fundamentally puts the patient at the center of care.”
The 70th anniversary of VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations was Jan. 30, the day in 1946 that Policy Memorandum #2 was issued to create long-term affiliations between VA and medical schools. The affiliations were key to 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.
Click here to watch the video we created to highlight the beginning of this 70th celebration. And click here to watch all of the testimonials and to read more on how VA and its collegiate partners continue to meet the challenge of maintaining and training a vital workforce that provides world class care for Veterans.