The VA Quality Scholars Program is designed using a 'hub and spokes' model. The program center is Dartmouth Medical School. Faculty at Dartmouth run the program and work in direct partnership with the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, which oversees all Special Fellowship Programs in VA. There are six sites in different geographic locations across the United States.  Each site is located at a VA medical center and partnered with an academic medical center and university. Sites function independently.

The Mission of this advance fellowship program is to offer scholars opportunities to be leaders who can accomplish the following:

  • Apply knowledge and methods of health care improvement to the care of veterans
  • Innovate and continually improve health care
  • Teach health professionals about health care improvement
  • Perform research and develop new knowledge for the ongoing improvement of the quality and value of health care services

Upon completing this advance program fellows will be able to demonstrate competence in:

  • Designing and creating change for the improvement of healthcare
  • Designing, conducting and writing/publishing a research project on healthcare improvement efforts
  • Leading healthcare professionals in improvement efforts
How to Apply
Applicant Requirements
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited postgraduate medical residency
  • The desire to pursue a medical career with a focus on quality improvement, health services research or medical administration
  • The ability to appreciate and leverage the benefits of coordination of clinical medicine, research and administration
  • The desire to help lead the VA into the 21st century as a change agent
  • The capacity for interactive skills necessary to create change in institutions
  • Board certification or eligibility and an active, unrestricted license to practice in the US

Physician applicants must have a strong desire to lead the study of health care improvement. Applicants must be board eligible (any specialty is welcome), hold a valid, unrestricted state medical license, and have US citizenship.
Nashville VAMC, Vanderbilt University
Robert Dittus, MD, MPH,

Nurse applicants must be accepted into a DNP, PhD or postdoctoral training program and have a desire to learn how to do, lead, or study health care improvement. Applicants must hold an active, unrestricted license to practice and have US citizenship.
Nashville VAMC, Vanderbilt University