Education and Training - Minneapolis VA Health Care System
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Minneapolis VA Health Care System

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Education and Training

The main missions of the Veterans Health Administration are patient-centered and evidence-based health care; collaborative, continuous education in an integrated environment; and prevention and population health through research. Education and clinical training of future health care professionals is very important to the VA.

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Minneapolis VA Health Care System has one of the largest education and training programs in the VA with more than 1,500 students rotating through annually. It has active affiliations with over 50 colleges, universities and vocational schools in allied health professions.

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System has particularly strong partnerships with the University of Minnesota in providing clinical services, training, and research across a variety of disciplines.

A Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) Advanced Tier Certified Simulation Program, the Minneapolis VA trains over 2000 staff per year using simulation equipment, methodology or technology for the goal of Veteran and staff education and patient safety.

In 2016, VA celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of partnerships between VA and the nation’s medical schools to train clinicians in the care of Veterans. This educational partnership remains one of VA’s main missions.

VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations continues to maintain and expand our close relationships with institutions of higher learning to provide advanced clinical training in physician education, nursing, dentistry, psychology, social work, optometry, dietetics and nearly 40 other health care professions.

  • More than 120,000 clinical trainees receive training in VA each year.
  • VA leads clinical care, research and medical advancement in many areas
  • Current VA trainees receive first consideration for employment openings

Registration and Contacts

Information, forms, instructions and coordinator contacts.

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