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Lebanon VA Med Center, Penn State Hershey expanding affiliation

Written by Merriell Moyer, Lebanon Daily News | Dec 9, 2015 11:20 AM
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(Lebanon) -- The Lebanon VA Medical Center announced Tuesday that it will expand its academic affiliation with Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.

The South Lebanon Township hospital currently trains approximately 180 doctors and 30 physician assistants from the Penn State College of Medicine each year, according to a news release from the Lebanon VA.

The expansion will increase the number of residents in family medicine, psychiatry and hospice and palliative care. The Lebanon VA Medical Center requested additional funding for the training under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA) in June, and the funding was just awarded.

"It is a marvelous opportunity for two great institutions to create additional synergy to improve the health of our friends and neighbors, while also providing new doctors the experience and expertise which will benefit them for years to come." Lebanon VA Medical Center Director Robert W. Callahan Jr. said is a news release.

"The dedication that the Lebanon VA has extended to our students has been overwhelming and beyond our expectations," Therese M. Wolpaw, vice dean of educational affairs and professor of medicine at Penn State College of Medicine said.

Seventy percent of the nation's physicians receive medical training and experience at VA facilities, and that the Lebanon VA Medical Center has affiliations with more than 200 institutions, according to a news release issued by the Lebanon VA. 

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