Policies & Procedures

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

The University of Minnesota Medical School and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) enjoy a unique relationship. They are invested in a long-standing partnership that supports the educational, research and clinical missions of each institution. As the health care landscape changes and evolves, the growth of the relationship between MVAHCS and the Medical School takes on added importance.

The institutions' leaders share a strong commitment to continue developing and growing this partnership. In 2018, the Medical School dean and MVAHCS chief of staff appointed a visioning task force to strengthen this vital relationship. They charged the task force with creating and modeling a highly collaborative, transparent, respectful and egalitarian culture focused on enhancing both institutions' clinical, educational and research missions.

Vision Statement

One faculty to advance the health of our communities through research, education and patient care.

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Guiding Principles: In our research, education, and clinical collaborative activities, we will:

In our research, education and clinical collaborative activities, we will:

  1. Value all faculty equally

  2. Support faculty development and success

  3. Build relationships and trust

  4. Foster open, honest and effective communication

  5. Promote problem-solving and decision-making to leverage each partner's resources and opportunities

  6. Focus on the shared value of improved health and wellbeing for all Minnesotans

Hiring & Appointments

The University of Minnesota encourages collaboration between the Medical School and MVAHCS through faculty appointments in clinical care, research and medical education. MVAHCS clinicians are eligible for appointments that are both paid and unpaid by the University, which has a variety of mechanisms for granting such appointments. For more information, visit our Hiring & Appointments page.