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Provide Care in Rural America

The Office of Rural Health (ORH) actively supports health care providers in rural communities through free continued medical education, targeted population health programs like Geriatric Scholars, training opportunities for medical students, and the expansion of technology such as telerehabilitation services.

Learn more about health care career opportunities with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Career Benefits with VA

VA offers a number of programs that help providers repay student loans. From tuition subsidies to reimbursement programs, VA has benefits that allows providers to reduce financial stress and focus on their career.

Whether through VA academic affiliations or intramural research, VA participates in research projects at locations across the U.S. That means providers have ample opportunities to contribute to the advancement of scientific understanding and medical care.

VA also offers careers that grow with providers. VA's goal is to give providers opportunities to advance their skills so that they can provide the best care possible to Veterans.

VA providers gain experience treating a broad range of health conditions.  Rural communities have significantly higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Additionally, rural areas continue to see a rapidly aging population in greater need of health care services.

Providers at VA rural locations can have a huge impact on the health of the entire community and can see the result of their care more holistically.

Rural providers receive the same benefits shared throughout Veterans Health Administration, including:

  • Advanced facilities and medical technology
  • Flexible schedules
  • Robust medical liability coverage
  • Generous health, life, and retirement packages consistent with the federal employee benefit package

In addition, rural providers receive benefits that are not as common in urban locations, such as:

  • Lower cost of living
  • Less traffic and pollution
  • A slower pace of life and access to the outdoors
  • A greater feeling of safety in the community

ORH strongly encourages providers to join the network of health care professionals that enable Veteran access to care in rural communities. To find out more, visit VA Careers.

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