VA’s affiliations with the medical education community result in training opportunities for thousands of health professionals each year. About 120,000 health professions trainees in allied health, medicine, nursing and more learn valuable skills while caring for Veterans at VA facilities across the country.
Attendees at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Phoenix from Nov. 8-12 can learn more about VA’s over 70 years of partnership with academia and about training and career opportunities for medical students by meeting with recruiter James Marfield at VA Careers Booth 818.
“VA provides physician trainees with the ability to build a career based on giving back to Veterans by resolving complex health issues,” said Darren Sherrard, Associate Director of Recruitment Marketing at VA. “We invite conference attendees to ask questions about VA career benefits, which include premium-paid health insurance, an incredible leave policy and, in certain cases, financial support with education debt reduction.”
Take a closer look at VA careers
The AAMC annual meeting works to bring together diverse communities within medical education, patient care and research to learn from one another, find common ground and build organizational capacity. Throughout the conference, attendees have the opportunity to discuss academic medicine’s challenges and opportunities in over 140 educational sessions and through various networking events.
In honor of Veterans Day, AAMC presents several Veteran-related sessions at the conference:
- Nov. 10, 1:15 p.m.: “Clinical Contracting With the VA: How Institutions Can Work Within New Community Care Networks,” with speakers Drs. Monte Brown and Mark Upton.
- Nov. 11, 3 p.m.: “Heroes Among Us: Perspectives on Living, Healing and Battlegrounds,” with speakers Drs. John Kerstetter and Peter Rhee.
VA offers health professions trainees the chance to work by the beach, in a city or in the countryside by applying for open positions at VA facilities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the Philippines. Trainees can stay at VA after training and advance their skills in the familiar VA environment where they learned. One active license is needed for practice in all 50 states and the territories.
Other perks that come with choosing a VA career in medicine include:
- Flexible work schedules and shifts.
- Diversity and inclusion policies and programs.
- Low patient-provider ratios.
- Leadership development and mentoring programs.
- Career training and enhancement opportunities.
- Dining options and a tax-free retail store.
- A smoke/drug-free workplace.