Atlanta VA Medical Center Renews Affiliation with Morehouse School of Medicine



DECATUR, Ga. – The Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) renewed its affiliation with the Morehouse School of Medicine in an agreement signing July 30, 2015.


The ten-year agreement reaffirms Atlanta VAMC’s relationship with Morehouse that began in 2005, and is a further example of a mutual commitment to continued excellence in patient care to Veterans. In support of  The Department of Veterans Affairs’ mission, "To educate for VA and for the Nation," the Atlanta VAMC maintains an education and training program for health professions students and residents to enhance the quality of care provided to Veteran patients within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare system.


Atlanta VAMC Associate Chief of Staff for Education Dr. Wilson Holland said that since affiliating with Morehouse School of Medicine in 2005, a growing number of Morehouse resident physicians and medical students have trained at the Atlanta VAMC. Morehouse also played a large role in the development of the Women’s Center of Excellence located at the Fort McPherson VA clinic. "We look forward to our continued affiliation with Morehouse School of Medicine for years to come and adding them to the large number of physicians now practicing in Georgia who worked at a VA at some point of their training," Holland said.


Holland said this affiliation allow trainees to be exposed to the unique and challenging problems in the Veteran population. "These affiliations continue to allow the Atlanta VAMC to be at the fore front of teaching and mentorship of the next generation of physicians."


MSM VA signingPictured - Back row from left: MSM Drs. Richard H. Snyder, Rachel Harris, Atlanta VAMC Associate Chief of Staff for Education Dr. Wilson Holland, MSM Drs. Folashade Omole, Derrick Beech, Frederick Cason and Frank Jones; Front row from left: Atlanta VAMC Chief of Staff Dr. David Bower, MSM President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Dr. Yolanda Wimberly






Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC), a Joint Commission and Magnet®-designated medical facility sits on 26 acres in Decatur, Georgia—just minutes from downtown Atlanta.  The main medical center is a level 1A tertiary care facility providing patient-centered healthcare via an array of comprehensive  medical, surgical, geriatric specialty services, as well as state-of–the-art diagnostic testing throughout 14 sites of care. With 445 inpatient beds, including a 120-bed Community Living Center, a 40-bed domiciliary, and a 12-bed Residential Treatment Program, the Atlanta VAMC is uniquely positioned to serve the healthcare needs of more than 130,000 enrolled Veterans living in 50 counties across northeast Georgia. The Medical Center, also a teaching hospital, provides hands-on and state-of-the-art technology, education and research to residents in collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.