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The Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program Board would like to invite VA permanent employees to advance their careers in the Health Systems Management (HSM) Trainee Program. The HSM Trainee Program is a primary source for developing highly trained health care administration professionals, who provide staff support to key health care management officials within VA medical facilities.
Candidates selected as HSM trainees will participate in a structured training program, designed to develop core competencies and targeted skill sets. Each trainee will complete three book reviews, three executive interviews, a shadowing assignment, an acting supervisor position rotation, a leadership development team assignment, and an individual project, as well as serve as a facilitator, complete public speaking skills training, and demonstrate community involvement as part of the developmental assignments during the program.
The 12-month program is offered at the GS-09/11 level.
Applicants must be current, permanent VA employees. Ideal candidates will possess a high degree of analytical ability, strong interpersonal skills, and specialized knowledge of the fundamental operations of health care management.
Training under a mentor’s guidance may also include the following activities:
- Study policies establishing medical center, VISN, and VA committees/governance
- Participate in committees and task groups, fill acting roles, and complete projects to understand VA as a health care organization
- Examine Congressional and VA budget processes, including participation in local budget development
HSM operates an annual application period (January to February). The HSM 2012 applications closed on February 29, 2012 for the class starting June 20, 2012.
For general information about GHATP, contact VHAGHATPPROGRAMManager@va.gov.
Please use the following link for a list of GHATP Preceptor Sites.
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