OAA Bulletin

Apr 10, 2024 | Optometry HQ Announcements

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Scilla, Director of Medical and Dental Education

 Congratulations Ryan Scilla, MD, FACP, CPE, on being selected as the Director of Medical and Dental Education.

Previously, Dr. Scilla superbly served as OAA’s Acting Director of Medical and Dental Education, and as Associate Director of Medical and Dental Education for the past two years. His appointment is effective as of March 24, 2024.

Updated OAA/Minority Serving Institution Geo-Mapping Tool

The March 2024 update of the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA)/Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Geo-mapping Tool is now available on the OAA Intranet. This update contains the most recent data from the OAA Health Services Training (HST) Report (Academic Year 2022-2023) and the United States Department of Education (2023). Before setting up a new affiliation, please make sure that the health education program is accredited by the recognized professional accreditation agency.

Associated Health Education (AHE) Announcing New Funded Profession

AHE is announcing Therapeutic Medical Physicist (TMP) as a newly funded OAA Residency Program. This is the 19th funded profession for AHE. Establishing TMP residency programs will provide an opportunity for more health profession trainees (HPTs) to gain experience in VHA and eventually be hired to support critical patient care operations at VA facilities. Based on current partnerships with local academic affiliates, TMP residency programs will be funded under disbursement agreements and through a future Request for Proposal (RFP) release. Learn more about Therapeutic Medical Physicist here.

National Addiction Curriculum for VA Internal Medicine Residents

A new curriculum to support addiction-related training of internal medicine residents rotating through VA is under development through the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Substance Use Disorders (OMHSP-SUD). The first module ‘Alcohol Use/Alcohol Use Disorder’ is available at the OMHSP – SUD SharePoint site here. The module includes learning objectives, a didactic slide deck, a one-page summary handout, a guide to discuss three to five patient cases, and a brief learner assessment. The full module can be completed in one hour and guidance on tailoring the curriculum for 15-minute and 30-minute time blocks is provided. Eight additional modules following the same format are planned, with three currently under development. Please share this information with internal medicine site directors at your facility. For more information or to contribute to the development of future modules, please contact the

HPT Spotlight

Mary Brown, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner resident from Vanderbilt University Medical School participating in the one-year VA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate residency program at the Nashville VA Medical Center.

During her first experience caring for Veterans as a registered nurse at the Missouri Veterans Commission, Brown discovered her passion for Veteran mental health care. “I absolutely fell in love with the Veteran population and saw the tremendous need for competent and compassionate mental health providers to care for them,” Brown said.

Brown chose the VA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program due to its high-caliber training, which prepares new nurse practitioners to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to practice at the full extent of their license. With the limited availability of nurse practitioner residency spots in her home state of Missouri, Brown feels honored to be in the program at VA and grateful that VA allows nurse practitioners to complete their nurse practitioner residency in states other than where they are licensed. Following her residency, she plans to use the expertise gained through her training at VA to continue providing trauma-informed mental health care to Veterans.

VA’s Academic Mission in the News and Trainee Spotlight

OAA is delighted 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 story. Please complete the Trainee Spotlight Story Questionnaire to submit HPTs for consideration. Share your successes, news and story ideas with OAA’s Public Affairs Team at