It is a pleasure today, on behalf of Dr. Nicoll, our Medical Center director, Larry Carroll and my fellow faculty members to provide this briefing of VA GME.
The VA is the largest funder of GME in the country. It is safe to say that each of you, coming from your medical school, has been in a VA system . We here in SF are a medium size VA as far as patient volume goes but has one of the bigger number of residents assigned to its center. As one of four statutory missions, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) conducts an education and training program for health professions students and residents to enhance the quality of care provided to veteran patients within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare system. In accordance with this mission, “To educate for VA and for the Nation”, education and training efforts are accomplished through coordinated programs and activities in partnership with affiliated U.S. academic institutions. Program History: Title 38 U.S.C. mandates that VA assist in the training of health professionals for its own needs and those of the nation. For the last fifty years, in accordance with VA’s 1946 Policy Memorandum No. 2, VA has worked in partnership with this country’s medical and associated health professions schools to provide high quality health care to America’s veterans and to train new health professionals to meet the patient care needs within VA and the nation. This partnership has grown into the most comprehensive academic health system partnership in history.
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You will be learning about HIPAA later today. Rest assured that the VA takes this very seriously, especially in terms of papers laying around which seems to happen even more with an EMR. Our ISO is relentless in inspections and draconian in measures. This has been the brunt of many a housestaff skit! We do though recommend home access;
It is important to understand that all care provided by trainees is under the supervision of attendings. The only time you can get into trouble is for gross lapses in professionalism or failing to keep your attending informed of changes in status. We also ask that you document your attendings involvement in the care of the pt by filling in the name of your attending in your progress notes.
Point out the special sensitivity we have for oef/oif veterans and the importance of sensitivity in helping these individuals. We devote a lot of resources to these veterans including dedicated social workers, psychiatric help, etc.
Brand new VA initiative starting essentially now, creating multidisciplinary teams for primary care management. This should be visible to medical residents and potentially subspecialty medical clinic fellows. This comes with added resources. They also are focused on residents working in PCMH
Life is in general pretty good at the VA. Besides the view, we have cheap parking, an expanded shuttle service and a neighborhood restaurant meal program. I show this picture to point out though the abysmal parking particularly bad after 9 am We are fortunate to have just expanded the shuttle system with earlier hours in the morning and late afternoon thanks to the gme and som support. I would also mention that we have a program with local restaurants to provide food vouchers for residents covering over night or on the weekends.
In closing , we do welcome you, hope that you enjoy your time here at UCSF and specifically at the VA. WE take great pride in our commitment to patient care, education and research