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Program Overview

Our fellowship program provides two years of post residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians and associated health professionals. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at our VA sites. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in health issues pertaining to women and women Veterans.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible physicians must:

  • have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency;
  • be board certified or board eligible in internal medicine (or one of its subspecialties), family medicine/practice, gynecology, psychiatry, or surgery;
  • have an active, unrestricted U.S. medical license;
  • and meet the education and licensure requirements according to the 2011 Women's Health Program Announcement..

Applicants must desire to lead women veterans' healthcare in the 21st century. International medical graduates must also have a current visa to participate in the program and an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants with a J-1 visa must have current ECFMG sponsorship to participate in the program.

Eligible post-doctoral associated health professionals must:

  • be a US citizen;
  • demonstrate interest in pursuing a VA career with women’s health as a significant focus;
  • be qualified in a health profession relevant to the health of women Veterans (nurses, psychologists, speech language pathologists, etc.);
  • not be simultaneously enrolled an accredited clinical training program;
  • and meet the education and licensure requirements according to the 2011 Women's Health Program Announcement.

More information is available at the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health page or VA OAA Advanced Fellowships Homepage.