The VAST Program is a six-month immersion at
the Denver VA in which students complete four traditional clerkships
(Hospitalized Adult Care, Operative/Perioperative Care, Neurologic Care, and
Psychiatric Care). The traditional clerkships are supplemented with weekly
small group meetings focused on healthy professional identity formation and
unique content pertinent to the care of our nation’s Veterans.
The VAST Goals:
1. Improve medical students’
satisfaction with third year clinical training through longitudinal placement in single
workplace-based learning communities that foster healthy professional identity
formation and mitigate the impact of burnout.
3. Prepare students with the
knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to care for Veterans across multiple
4. Connect students with
patients longitudinally across care settings to foster appreciation of the
lived patient experience within care transitions.
5. Motivate students to be
self-reflective stewards of healthcare resources
After completing the VAST
Program, all participating 3rd year students will be able to:
1. Define high-value care
2. Identify at least one
Choosing Wisely recommendations they can apply for each specialty within VAST.
Transitions of Care
3. Describe key
differences between acute care and post-acute care facilities
4. Articulate the common
challenges patients experience after discharge from the hospital
5. Employ strategies to
mitigate those challenges based on evidenced-based interventions
Care of the Veteran
6. Analyze military and veteran
culture, its effects on the psyche, and how it is perceived by those in the community.
7. Identify the clinical
characteristic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain
8. Describe Veteran's perceptions of how military service has impacted
their long-term health and engagement in healthcare systems.