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Health System Management Trainee Program

The Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP) offers permanent Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees opportunities to advance their careers through the Health Systems Management (HSM) Trainee Program. The HSM Trainee Program is a leader in developing highly trained health care administration professionals. These professionals 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 and an acting supervisor position rotation. They will also complete 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 GS09 to GS11 grade range.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be current, permanent VHA employees.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess a high degree of analytical ability, strong interpersonal skills, and specialized knowledge of the fundamental operations of health care management.

General Training & Development Experiences:

Training under a mentor’s guidance may also include the following activities:

  • Study policies establishing committees/governance for medical centers, Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
  • Participate in committees and task groups, fill acting roles and complete projects to understand VHA as a health care organization
  • Examine congressional and VHA budget processes, including participation in local budget development
Application Process:

VA employees should review USAJOBS.gov (keyword search: GHATP) for currently open positions for which applications are being sought.

Each VA medical center will announce via USAjobs.gov their available positions. Every applicant must apply directly to USAjobs.gov.

Medical centers and network directors re-apply every year to become a GHATP preceptor; therefore, the GHATP sites will change annually.

Typically, recruitment is during the months of February and March. For general information about GHATP, contact VHAGHATPPROGRAMManager@va.gov and please download our GHATP informational flyer as an additional point of reference.

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