Academic Partners, Education & Research - VA Maryland Health Care System
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VA Maryland Health Care System


Academic Partners, Education & Research

The VA Maryland Health Care System is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education.

Academic Partners

The VA Maryland Health Care System is primarily affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. We offer residency training in all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Associated Health Training is offered in nursing, dental, psychology, audiology, social work, podiatry optometry and pharmacy.

Each year, the VA Maryland Health Care System supports the training of nearly 120 residents. In addition, 314 medical students rotate through the health care system for their clinical experiences. In 2009, a total of 1,342 total trainees will rotate through the VA Maryland Health Care System. The health care system also provides training opportunities for paraprofessional and allied health students and is affiliated with 136 academic institutions, providing training in several different services, including the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical, the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center and several specialty areas such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Neuropsychology.

As a leader in education, the VA Maryland Health Care System prides itself on an active affiliation with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and other local colleges and universities. This close alliance allows the health care system to offer veterans the latest clinical practices and procedures available.


Having one of the largest funded research and development programs in the VA system, including studies in diabetes, immunology, oncology, virology, cellular biology and infectious diseases, enhances the VA Maryland Health Care System’s ability to provide state-of-the-art medical techniques and treatments to veterans. A Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, one of only 21 in the VA system nationwide, conducts research on the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease through exercise and nutrition therapy in older veterans. In response to a growing demand for specialized care for veterans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the Baltimore VA Medical Center coordinates one of only two MS Centers of Excellence throughout the VA. The center is responsible for facilitating clinical care, research and education for patients with MS in the eastern part of the country. The Baltimore VA Medical Center is also the home base for one of VA’s ten Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers. This program is dedicated to improving the provision of health care to veterans suffering from severe mental illness, with a special emphasis on the treatment of individuals with schizophrenia.

Veterans Service Organizations

The VA Maryland Health Care System maintains a good working relationship with all of our veteran service organization (VSO) partners. We regularly brief our VSO representatives on changes impacting veterans' health care.

US Department of Defense

The VA Maryland Health Care System is a participant in the US Department of Defense TRICARE Program.