August 2, 2023
Acting Director of Graduate Medical and Dental Education
The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) is pleased to announce Ryan Scilla, MD, FACP, CPE, will serve as the Acting Director of Graduate Medical and Dental Education. Dr. Scilla joined OAA in 2022 as the Associate Director of Graduate Medical and Dental Education. During his tenure at VA, Dr. Scilla served as Academic Hospitalist; Director of Quality, Safety, & Improvement; High Reliability Organization Champion; Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Associate Chief of Staff for Education (Designated Education Officer) at the VA Maryland Health Care System. Dr. Scilla is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Certified Physician Executive and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Scilla attended medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and served as Chief Resident in Medicine.
STRONG Veterans Act Graduate Medical Education Expansion Request for Proposal
OAA is pleased to announce the STRONG Veterans Act Graduate Medical Education (GME) Expansion Request for Proposal (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2024 / Academic Year 2024-2025. The RFP targets facilities that wish to increase GME allocations in covered mental health disciplines (psychiatry, including subspecialties and addiction medicine). This initiative also includes an OAA-driven supplemental GME expansion in primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics) and other critically needed specialties. A non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to submit the RFP application is due to OAA by August 14. The full RFP application is due to OAA by September 8. Please direct questions to the OAA Help Desk (Medical & Dental General Inquires dropdown).
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VA Medical Facilities and ACGME Sponsoring Institutions Geomap
To coincide with the STRONG Veterans Act GME Expansion RFP release, OAA has developed a new VA Medical Facilities and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Geomap. This powerful tool is designed to support the expansion of existing GME partnerships and the development of new partnerships with ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions. The tool maps all VA facilities, including community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), alongside ACGME sponsoring institutions and programs to help users easily identify sponsors and programs in close proximity to their local VA medical facilities.
OAA Offsite Activity Approval Portal
The Standard Operating Procedure for Administration of Disbursement Agreement under VHA Directive 1400.05 requires that Health Professions Trainees (HPTs) be physically present at the VA medical facility while participating in reimbursable VA clinical activities or have an OAA-approved waiver request. As a reminder, all requests for reimbursable offsite VA clinical activity must be submitted via the OAA Support Center database using the ‘Offsite Activity Approval Portal.’
DEO Completion of Verification Report
The Verification Report for HPTs, including GME, Graduate Dental Education (GDE), Nursing and Associated Health Education (AHE)is now open for DEOs to verify the number of HPTs for the Academic Year 2023-2024. The verification database portals can be found at the OAA Support Center. The deadline for facilities to enter data and prioritize requests for additional positions is September 8. During the verification process, the AHE and Nursing Field Filled Positions (DEO Use Only) and AHE National Program Directors’ Reassignment of Unfilled Positions databases will be closed. Upon completion of the verification process, these databases will re-open.
HPT Spotlight Story
Genesis Wimmer, RN, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and completed the Nursing Residency Program with the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Ms. Wimmer started in VA as a student nurse technician during her junior year in college, which sparked her interest in caring for Veterans. The Nursing Residency program transformed Ms. Wimmer’s career, shaping her into a skilled nurse and helping her form meaningful connections among staff and patients. After completing the residency program, Ms. Wimmer was hired as an Emergency Room Nurse at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, where she continues her journey to provide quality care.
“My training in the VA has helped me grow from a novice nurse to an advanced beginner. I have enhanced my critical thinking and clinical skills networked and met amazing people. I feel honored to serve those who served our country and am proud to deliver the most optimal care for our nation’s Veterans.”
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 at OAAComms@va.gov.