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VA Sequential Training Program


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.  


Apply to VAST for Academic Year 2020-2021​


The VAST Goals:  

1. Improve medical students’ satisfaction with third year clinical training through longitudinal placement in single healthcare setting.


2. Establish 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 care environments. 


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 


Learning Objectives: 

After completing the VAST Program, all participating 3rd year students will be able to: 


High-Value Care 

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 Injury (TBI) 


8. Describe Veteran's perceptions of how military service has impacted their long-term health and engagement in healthcare systems. ​