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ORH Programs | MyEES Rural Care Trainings |

VA and Community Provider Courses

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) strives to share its research and medical approaches to Veteran care. A variety of free courses that include continuing medical education credits are available on MyVeHu and VHA TRAIN VA training platforms. The Office of Rural Health identified the courses below as beneficial for rural Veteran care.

ORH Programs

ORH training initiatives combine in-person and virtual learning to elevate rural providers’ skills in specialty care areas including geriatric, obstetrics and gynecology, nephrology and psychiatry. These initiatives help offset the specialty care provider shortage in rural communities, offering rural Veterans the care they need, when they need it.

ORH funds Enterprise-Wide Initiatives (EWI) that provide training to rural health care teams at VA medical sites nationwide. These programs include:

  • Rural Health Training Initiative provides rural clinical training sites for health professions students and clinical residents. Trainees include social workers, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychiatrists, optometry students and dental and family medicine residents..
  • Geriatric Scholars Program addresses the shortage of specialized geriatric skills and knowledge in rural VA clinical settings by training VA general clinicians in the treatment of older rural Veterans.
  • Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center Connect Program trains VA providers to manage medically complex cases through case-based conferences, electronic consultations, virtual meetings and clinical video telehealth.
  • Clinical Skills Training in Women Veterans Health Care trains providers in rural locations in skills unique to the treatment of rural women Veterans.
  • Simulation Learning, Education, and Research Network (SimLEARN) Rural Coordinators develops a simulation based training infrastructure to improve rural clinicians’ technical skills without leaving their home clinic.
  • VA-ECHO Expansion in Specialty Care uses telehealth to train providers in a wide variety of specialties, including treatment for chronic disease, hepatitis C and pain management.

To learn more about these training initiatives, visit our EWI page or view our Rural Healthcare Workforce fact sheet.

MyEES Rural Care Trainings

MyEES delivers a number of highly interactive live broadcasts of rural health specific content through iLEARN. All trainings were recorded and can now be accessed on-demand for education credit. Below is a list of these trainings.

Never used iLEARN before? Check out this page for more information. 

      Chronic Pain Management: Meeting the Challenge in Rural Settings
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, ASWB, CA BBS

      Caregiver Resources for Aging Rural Veterans
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS

      Post Deployment Care Integration for Rural OEF/OIF/OND Combat Veterans
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS

      Facilitating Co-Managed Care for the Rural Veteran
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, ASWB, CA BBS

      Rural Community Collaborations and Veteran Outreach
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ANCC, APA, ASWB

      Cultural Competence and Caring for the Rural Veteran
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, APA

      RHPI: CBOC Operations and Issues
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, APA

      The Rural CBOC PACT Implementation Experience
      Accreditation: CEU, ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, ASWB

      Rural and Veteran Culture - Times of Change Forum
      Accreditation: CEU

      VHA/State Veterans Home Telehealth Initiative
      Accreditation:  General for Non Accreditation Education Credit

      Mental Health Services and Referrals (Rural Clergy)
      Accreditation:  General for Non Accreditation Education Credit

      To Care for Her Who Hath Borne the Battle… The Rural Woman Veteran 
      Accreditation:  General for Non Accreditation Education Credit

      Empowering VA Patients with Information
      Accreditation:  General for Non Accreditation Education Credit

      CBO Veterans Transportation Program
      Accreditation:  General for Non Accreditation Education Credit

      Building Community Partnerships
      Accreditation:  General for Non Accreditation Education Credit


 VHA TRAIN delivers a number of rural health specific courses. Below is a partial list of these free trainings, some of which offer continuing medical education  credits. Once logged in to VHA TRAIN, just use search feature and type "rural" to find additional resources.

      Dementia and Driving
      Accreditation:  ACCME, ANCC, APA, NBCC

      Dementia and Delirium
      Accreditation:  ACCME, ANCC, NBCC

      Traumatic Brain Injury (multi-part modules)
      Accreditation:  CEU, ANCC, ACCME, APA, ASWB

      Military Culture
      Accreditation:  CEU, ANCC, ACCME, AMA, APA, NBCC, ASWB

      Opioid Epidemic Response and One Site’s Journey: The Nalaxone Project
      Accreditation:  CEU, ANCC, CPHCE, ACCME, AMA, ACPE

      Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Problems in PTSD - Background
      Accreditation:  CEU, ANCC, APA, NBCC, ASWB