The American College of Preventive Medicine is collaborating with Veterans Affairs Loma Linda (VA LL) to address Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk factors in Active Duty service members and Veterans through a telemedicine using the Veterans Affairs Virtual Medical Center (VA VMC). This is a two-year initiative engaging preventive medicine junior faculty members to deliver of educational content on CVD risk factors.
Junior faculty members will be engaged in the management of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) risk factors in Active Duty and Veteran populations using the VA-VMC with focus on one or two ASCVD risks factors. They will design content which will be used to test the potential of the VA VMC's interactions to reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in these population groups. Junior Faculty will develop skills in the areas of Telemedicine and Virtual Medicine to prepare them for a future career in Preventive Medicine.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Project: VA VMC
Q 1 Who is eligible to apply?
- PMR residency programs that are affiliated with a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).
Q 2 What is the purpose of this project?
- This project is a new initiative to engage Junior Faculty to address Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk factors in Active Duty Service Members and Veteran population through a virtual, avatar-based, online telemedicine platform using the Veterans Affairs Virtual Medical Center (VA VMC). It is a collaboration between the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the Veterans Affairs Loma Linda (VA LL) with funding from the Joint Incentive Fund (JIF). Preventive Medicine Junior Faculty will be responsible for designing educational content which will be used to test the potential of the VA VMC’s interaction to reduce CVD in these population groups.
- ACPM will be the conduit working closely with PMR Directors to recruit up to six (6) Junior Faculty who will receive training in areas of Telemedicine and Virtual Medicine to prepare them for a future niche career in Preventive Medicine.
Q 3 How long is the project?
- The Project is designed for two years of operation (awarded to the Loma Linda VAMC) with funding provided by the DOD and VHA.
Q 4 What are the criteria for participation in this project?
- Academic Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR) programs may apply if they have an active VA affiliation clinical agreement for PM Faculty and residents will qualify.
- Must have a written agreement from the VA Hospital Director to accept JIF funding for Junior Faculty salary and project support (from Loma Linda VAMC).
- Have an established Senior Faculty at VAMC to mentor the new Junior Faculty.
- The funded Junior Faculty will develop a local curriculum in telemedicine for PM residents and contribute to a Grand Rounds held in the VA VMC for all PM residents.
- Funded Junior Faculty will develop interventions for one or two CVD risk factors in the local VAMC serving as the baseline project data (topic will be highly desirable based on a local needs assessment of the VAMC). Then they will test the same material in the VA VMC trial in year 2.
- Allow 4 days per week for the Junior Faculty’s activities on JIF Project and 1 day is flexible.
- Timely hiring of qualified PM Physician as JIF Junior Faculty so that project is not delayed excessively.
Q 5 What is the deadline to submit the supporting documents? (Initial Interest Form, Criteria for Participation Checklist), and letters of support (Academic PM Department or program Director)
- Wednesday, October 28. Supporting documents submitted after this date will still be considered.
Q 6 What is the final date to submit the VAMC written agreement?
- Friday, November 6. The written agreement can come from the VA Medical Center Director, Executive leadership, Chief of Staff or the Service Chief who agrees to hire the Jr Faculty.
Q 7 What is the difference between a VAMC and the “VA VMC”? Do you have to have an existing virtual medical center affiliation to participate?
- Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) are medical facilities that provides healthcare to Veterans (n=170). VAMCs are managed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) under the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health and are a component of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
- The VHA built the Virtual Medical Center (VA-VMC) over the last 6 years, as a state-of-the-art avatar-based, virtual VA Hospital & online collaborative learning environment for patients, providers & staff. Virtual clinics are focused on general health topics, specific medical conditions, disease management, and well-being of users. The VA-VMC is a persistent, online, virtual world available from anywhere, at any time of day for self-learning, scheduled events, conferences and group sessions. The VA-VMC expands upon the VA's dedication to serve as a collection of VA approved resources, content and links to VA Services, education, training and wellness resources to simplify integration with other VA systems and applications.
Q 8 Does the Junior Faculty have to be already employed at the VAMC?
- While current VAMC employment ensures timely start dates on project, this is not required. May select a new academic, PM physician to be hired by the VAMC Human Resources process.
Q 9 How much time is required per week for this position?
- A full time equivalent (FTE) faculty position is expected to dedicate 4 days per week to fulfill the JIF project duties. May have other responsibility at academic site or VAMC for 1 day a week.
Q 10 Does the Junior Faculty have to be PM Board Certified?
- No; however, they should be Board-eligible and be preparing to be Board certified by the ABPM.
Q 11 Could non-PM physicians be involved? (For example, Family Medicine, Pediatrics)
- The Junior Faculty has to be trained in Preventive Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine or Aerospace Medicine with a MPH or equivalent for skills required in this project.
Q 12 Could non-PM resident physicians be involved? (For example, Family Medicine, Pediatrics or Internal Medicine?)
- Other trainees at the VA Medical Center may be involved along with Preventive Medicine, Occupational & Environmental Medicine or Aerospace Medicine resident physicians in this JIF project. Resident physicians are often only available for 1 to 3-month rotations at the VAMC or may choose a continuity project elective with the Junior Faculty during their years of training. The project wants to have a broad reach of training and exposure of the VMC among trainees who are at the VA Medical Center clinics, not limiting that to only PM trainees.
Q 13 What is the role of the Senior Faculty?
- The Senior Faculty will advocate, mentor, and provide guidance to ensure local VAMC leadership’s support for JIF project duties of the Junior Faculty. They will be offered financial support for training in Telemedicine by the JIF grant to enhance their skills and local Telemedicine curriculum. Our goal is for Senior Faculty who remain at the VAMC to continue supporting the VA VMC at their local facility after the JIF grant period is concluded.
Q 14 What are the criteria for the Senior Faculty?
- Senior Faculty are physicians already employed at the VA hospital as Preventive Medicine supervisors of PM resident physician activities in delivery of Population Health or clinical Preventive Medicine interventions to Veterans.
Q 15 Is there a minimal time commitment outlined for a Senior Faculty member toward the VA VMC project mentoring?
- There is no specific time expectation for the Senior Faculty and they are not required to change their duties. We need their leadership and problem solving skills to navigate the VA environment to obtain the resources necessary (e.g., space, referrals from other clinics) for the JIF project success and the Junior Faculty’s duties.
Q 16 Does the Senior Faculty have to be PM Board Certified?
- Yes. They must be ABPM Board Certified or Eligible, with MPH or equivalent.
Q 17 Who do I contact for additional information on this project?
- For more information, please contact Caryne Akinwande-Nkwenti, Program Manager, CAkinwande@acpm.org or call 202-466-2044 ext. 103