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VA - 21517 - Advisory Committee on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Resident Education - Agency Authority


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Resident EducationAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2006Committee Number21517
Original Establishment Date7/29/2004Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date11/30/2005Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*13
Current Charter Date7/29/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief Academic Affairs
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date11/30/2005Designated Federal Officer First Name*Gloria
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthoritySecretary DecisionDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Holland
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary DecisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 273-8371
Effective Date Of Authority*7/29/2004Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-273-9031
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee was chartered on July 29, 2004, and met twice, in December 2004 and April 2005. The Committee was established by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide a broad assessmenet of physician resident positions in relationship to future health care needs of veterans. The Committee reviewed the results of Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) Internal Graduate Medical Education Advisory Committee, provided their external perspective and national guidance on VHA resident education issues, and has affirmed broad philosophical principles regarding physician resident education in VHA. The Committee met with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs early in FY 06 to convey the Committee's recommendations, brief the Secretary regarding any remaining issues and bring closure to the Committee's activities.
How is membership balanced?*Committee membership was fairly balanced with the qualifications necessary to offer sage guidance on the management of a national medical education program. Members included: medical school deans, current and former officers in prestigious medical associations, medical professors, researchers, medical facility administrators, and those who accredit graduate medical education curricula. The Committee provided a truly national perspective on health care trends and patient demands for health care specialists.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee met two times.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is annually engaged in the graduate medical education of more than 28,000 physician residents through a comprehensive program involving VA's affiliation with more than 100 of the nation's medical schools. The Secretary determined that the independent advice offered by the Committee would be both in the public interest and of substantial assistance to the on-going educational program. Medical education is one of VA's core missions. The Secretary determined that VA, in meeting that mission, must have access to the best possible independent advice on the delivery of cutting edge medical care.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Committee did not hold closed meetings.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*4Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee had a total of 4 recommendations. CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONSConclusion 1: VA-medical school partnerships for graduate medical education are integral to the provision of high quality health care for the nation’s veterans. VA’s educational programs provide excellent training in areas that are directly relevant to veteran patient care.Recommendation 1: VA should continue and strengthen its partnerships with the nation’s medical schools in the provision of graduate medical education. VA should strive to become a leader in physician education as it has become a leader in patient safety and medical informatics.Conclusion 2: VA’s proportionate role in graduate medical education has diminished nationally. Recommendation 2: VA should restore and maintain its historic support for 11% of total U.S. resident physician positions as soon as feasible in order to maintain a leadership role in graduate medical education and to maintain training of a significant proportion of U.S. residents in areas of importance to the VA and to the nation. Conclusion 3: Oversight mechanisms currently in place are adequate and need not be altered. Recommendation 3: The current collaborative process between facilities and VISNs addresses local and regional resident physician needs, and VHA’s Office of Academic Affiliations provides oversight concerning the funding, allocation, and distribution of all positions. National initiatives (via requests for proposals) should continue to be used to stimulate interest in and support emerging disciplines that are relevant to the healthcare needs of veterans. The oversight process for changing the specialty mix of trainees should remain flexible and responsive to VA’s needs. Conclusion 4: The current geographic distribution of residents reflects the historic location of VA facilities in proximity to medical schools. Existing physician residency training programs have sufficient clinical workload to support training objectives, and provide necessary patient care services. Recommendation 4: Geographic redistribution should be undertaken by increasing VA resident positions in new facilities or in areas with increased educational opportunities.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentVA should restore and maintain its historic support for 11% of total U.S. resident physician positions as soon as feasible in order to maintain a leadership role in graduate medical education and to maintain training of a significant proportion of U.S. residents in areas of importance to the VA and to the nation. (This is dependent upon feasibility of immediate implentation.)Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Advisory Committee affirmed the critical role VA plays in providing the underpinnings of high quality graduate medical education from the general perspective of competency development in preparation for independent practice to serve national health care needs and from the specific perspective of meeting VA healthcare delivery needs.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-014242Advisory Committee on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Resident Education2005
 COM-015156Advisory Committee on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Resident Education2004