Summary: H.R.2787 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2787. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (06/06/2017)

Veterans-Specific Education for Tomorrow's Medical Doctors Act or the VET MD Act

This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a three-year pilot program at a minimum of five VA medical centers to provide undergraduate students a clinical observation experience.

The VA shall ensure that such program:

  • increases the awareness, knowledge, and empathy of future medical professionals toward the medical conditions common to veterans;
  • increases the diversity of the recruitment pool of future VA physicians;
  • provides a diverse clinical observation experience commensurate with the standard expectations for medical school applications; and
  • expands clinical observation opportunities for all students by encouraging students of all backgrounds to consider a career in medicine.

The VA shall select undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited science or medical program of study to participate in the program, with priority to students who resided in a health professional shortage area and who are the first in their immediate family to attend an undergraduate institution.