Department of Veterans Affairs

The University of Michigan Medical School has a close and long-standing affiliation with the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) for purposes of enhancing patient care, education and research. The VAAAHS facility in Ann Arbor is a tertiary care referral center, providing high quality, cost effective care to veterans residing in lower Michigan and northwestern Ohio.

VAAAHS physicians are employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs on either a fulltime or part-time basis. They hold a faculty appointment in a clinical department of the University of Michigan Medical School.

The VAAAHS provides a rich environment for basic science, clinical and health services research. The VAAAHS supports a Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Program, and a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). The VA National Center for Patient Safety is also located in Ann Arbor. Full-time VA physicians are eligible for research space and support through the VA; many also have funding from other sponsors, primarily the NIH.

University of Michigan resident physicians and medical students participate in clinical training at the Ann Arbor VA as part of their core educational experience. University of Michigan Schools of Dentistry, Social Work, Nursing, and Public Health are also affiliated with the VAAAHS.

There are two types of faculty appointments at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC), compensated (which are in 8th increments) and without compensation (WOC). Certain responsibilities and requirements apply to each category.

If your U-M Medical School appointment includes compensated duties at the VAMC as a physician, you will be responsible for accurate time-keeping and allocation of your VA effort; this includes completing your time cards in an appropriate fashion. You will be required to complete mandatory education requirements at the VA each fiscal year, and be required to be BLS certified and maintain certification by recertifying every two years. The VA Medical Center has instituted random drug testing for all employees and you may be requested at any time during your employment to complete this testing.

For additional information, please contact your department or the Human Resources Office at the Ann Arbor VA (734) 761-7940 or your U-M Medical School Department.


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