OAA Bulletin – May 10, 2023

May 10, 2023 | Optometry HQ Announcements


OAA Bulletin

May 10, 2023


Apply Now – OAA Designated Education Officer (DEO) Certificate Program


The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) invites you to apply for the OAA Designated Education Officer (DEO) track of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Health Professions Education (HPE) Certificate Program. This program begins November 7 and is a collaboration between OAA and USUHS to provide professional development and educational enhancement to DEOs. Applications are due to OAA by May 31.




EARs V.5 Workbook for HPT Tracking


Effective July 1, facilities are required to implement the Academic Year (AY) 2023-2024 EARs Version 5 Workbook. OAA’s Medical and Dental Education Section will be conducting AY 2023-2024 EARs V5 Q&A Hour to answer additional questions about the new workbook. Outlook invitations have been sent to DEOs for the sessions listed below. For more information, please contact Roschelle Manigold at


May 10 at 9:00 a.m. EDT Click here to join the meeting +1 872-701-0185,,500527906#
May 12 at 3:00 p.m. EDT Click here to join the meeting +1 872-701-0185,,279190227#
May 18 at 11:00 a.m. EDT Click here to join the meeting +1 872-701-0185,,289048146#
June 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT Click here to join the meeting +1 872-701-0185,,381642939#
June 9 at 11:00 a.m. EDT Click here to join the meeting +1 872-701-0185,,382491448#
June 30 at 3:00 p.m. EDT Click here to join the meeting +1 872-701-0185,,788010847#


Updated OAA/Minority Serving Institution Geo-Mapping Tool


The OAA/Minority Serving Institution (MSI) geo-mapping tool has been updated with data from the Academic Year 2021-2022 OAA Health Services Training (HST) Report and the United States Department of Education. Updates to this tool include new map layers for all American Native, Native Hawaiian institutions, and Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions. All health professions education programs offered at MSIs are now displayed on the map and are not limited to high priority professions. Before setting up a new affiliation, please ensure the health education program is accredited by the recognized professional accreditation agency.




DEO 2023: Discover, Empower, and Optimize

Conference Travel and Hotel Instructions


OAA will host the VA National Designated Education Officer (DEO) Conference on August 23 and 24 in Chicago, IL. Join OAA and academic leaders from across the country to discover best practices, empower your VA’s clinician educators, and optimize your academic partnerships and health professions education programs. Conference travel costs for DEOs will be funded by OAA. Please review the Instructions to Travelers (ITT) for important information and timelines.


Hotel Registration Deadline: July 31National DEO Annual Conference – Start your reservation (


OAA Discontinues Funding of Clinical Pastoral Education PGY 3 Residents


The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) will no longer fund Post-Graduate Year (PGY) 3 Chaplain Educator Candidate (CEC) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residents. The CEC training will fall to the National Program Office and local facilities to train Employee Chaplains to become educators. The PGY3 allocations will convert to increase CPE’s PGY1 and PGY2 allocations and be redistributed for AY2024-25 through a budget-neutral RFP per the CPE CEC Memo. Please direct questions to our Associated Health Education mail group,




VA Interprofessional Advanced Addiction Treatment Fellowship Conference


VA staff and HPTs are invited to attend the VA Interprofessional Advanced Addiction Treatment Fellowship Conference on Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT. This virtual event will feature the work of Advanced Fellows and information about four fellowship sites (Boston, Madison, San Diego, West Haven). Drop in virtually for individual sessions of interest. Please note this HPT-focused event does not offer continuing education credits.


Program Overview & Key Site Presentations: 1:00-2:15 p.m. EDT

Fellow Presentations: 2:20-3:50 p.m. EDT

  • Tobacco Cessation:  2:20-2:50 p.m. EDT
  • PTSD and Substance Use Disorder:  2:50-3:20 p.m. EDT
  • Veteran SUD Care:  3:20-3:50 p.m. EDT

Closing Remarks: 3:50-4:00 p.m. EDT


Join WebEx:

Meeting number (access code): 2760 658 4730
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HPT Spotlight Story


Sarah Afromowitz, PsyD, earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University. Dr. Afromowitz has received training at the Portland VA, Eastern Oklahoma VA and is currently a Psychology Postdoctoral Resident with the Atlanta VA Health Care System. VA has been integral in helping Dr. Afromowitz discover what she is most passionate about throughout her career and has significantly shaped who she is as a psychologist. From immersing herself in suicide prevention work at the Portland VA, to learning several evidence-based practices and advanced assessment skills at the Eastern Oklahoma VA, and furthering interest and training with women Veterans at the Atlanta VAHCS, her training experience has impacted her career.


“What I find most memorable about my VA training has been the support and guidance I have received from several phenomenal supervisors, many of whom I have actively stayed in touch with beyond my training year. Additionally, I appreciate the ability to provide holistic and comprehensive care, which is made easier by the ability to consult with other health care providers within the VA system. I find it incredible that even as a trainee, I have been met with respect and encouragement from other providers within our vast network, beyond those within the mental health service line.”




VA’s Academic Mission in the News and Trainee Spotlight


OAA is pleased to share recent news stories highlighting VA’s academic mission and our HPTs. Please consider submitting your HPTs to be featured in an upcoming OAA Bulletin or VA national stories. Please complete the Trainee Spotlight Story Questionnaire to submit a nomination. Share your successes, news, and story ideas with OAA’s Public Affairs Team, Tonya Lobbestael at
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