Veterans Health Administration and Medical Education: A Fact Sheet [June 6, 2014] [open pdf - 248KB]
"In the wake of World War II, an influx of veterans requiring medical care threatened to overwhelm the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide such care. In 1946, the VA began entering into affiliations with medical schools as one strategy to increase capacity both in the short term and in the long term. In the short term, some trainees--in particular, those in the later years of training--may provide direct care to patients, thereby increasing provider capacity and patient access. In the long term, training physicians at the VA creates a pipeline for recruiting physicians as VA employees. Current concerns about the VA's capacity to provide access to care have returned attention to the role of medical training at the VA."
CRS Report for Congress, R43587