AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the announcement of David Shulkin, MD, as nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
“The AAMC is pleased that President-Elect Trump has chosen Dr. Shulkin to serve as VA secretary. During his tenure in academic medicine and as VA under secretary of health, Dr. Shulkin has experienced firsthand the benefits of the partnership between the VA and academic medicine, and he understands the importance of ensuring that our nation’s veterans receive the high-quality health care they deserve.
America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have long had a commitment to caring for the men and women who have so bravely served our country. The research, education, and patient care missions that the VA shares with academic medicine have improved access and quality of care for veterans and all Americans. Each year, the VA has a role in training more than 40,000 residents and 20,000 medical students, while also supporting veteran-centered research that leads to life-improving advancements and discoveries.
The AAMC looks forward to continuing our work with Dr. Shulkin to improve access to the high-quality care provided by our nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals as a direct extension of the VA.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.