Are you wondering what this fellowship opportunity offers? Have you considered a VA Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health (AFWH) but not sure how to apply? This is a good place to start learning more and answering some of your questions.

Download our VA AFWH Brochure.

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.

Consider the Benefits of VA AFWH

A competitive stipend with health benefits, protected time to develop your research and education projects, guidance from mentors of national stature and professional grooming to become a leader in women’s health are only a few of the benefits to be gained. Our fellows and alumna practice clinical women’s health; successfully secure grant funding; publish in peer review journals; develop medical education curricula; and hold major leadership positions. Learn more about the outcomes and career pathways of our fellows from Tilstra et al., 2013.


This is an exciting time to provide care for women in the VA and to be part of a fellowship program for Women’s Health!

Women Veteran enrollment is outpacing that of men.  We have seen a 21% increase since 2009. More attention and resources are being directed to the goal of providing excellent health care for the women Veterans that we serve!

The VA has already proven they are a leader in Women’s Health by supporting the 8 different fellowship sites across the country. We are excited to continue development of a national coordinating center or HUB site to provide support and connections in our Women’s Health community.

This interactive website is designed to help share ideas, promote the fellowship and continue to build our Women’s Health VA community. We will also share professional development, research, and potential career opportunities.

Whether you are very familiar with the Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health or completely new to the program we hope this website will be a way to connect, forge new relationships or collaborations, and disseminate information. We welcome your input regarding what the HUB and this website can do for you.

We look forward to hearing from you about how to best meet your needs!

– Dr. Madelyn Weiker, National Coordinating Center Director, VA AFWH