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The VA Advanced Fellowship Program offers post-residency fellowships to physicians in emerging health professions that are of particular importance to VA and the Nation. Right now, these specialties include spinal cord injury medicine, war-related and unexplained illness, health issues for women Veterans, and many others.

And because of our intensive curriculum and opportunity to work hands-on with a patient population that features a number of conditions often not found in private practice, more than half of all practicing physicians in the U.S. choose to acquire all or a portion of their medical education in VA's health care system.

For those interested in developing research and leadership skills in any of these fields, the program provides outstanding opportunities for post-residency research, education, and clinical training. Participants serve as trainees on a temporary, full-time employment basis at one of the fellowship sites for the duration of the appointment period. VA provides two or three years of stipend/salary support for each fellow.

Whether you're interning at a VA facility or not, we invite you to explore the possibility of a VA medical career at the completion of your training.

As a physician practicing at VA, you’ll have access to a number of work/life benefits designed to help you achieve your personal and professional best. Our physician benefits include:

  • Market- and performance-based pay
  • Malpractice protection covered by the Federal Government
  • Student debt reduction and scholarship programs (subject to funding availability)
  • 26 days paid annual vacation
  • Nationwide job transfer opportunities

Get a listing of Advanced Fellowships, more information, and how to apply.

Want to Learn More?

Email VA or explore the following links, as well as the rest of the VA Careers website, to learn even more about starting your medical career at VA:

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