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house Bill H.R. 1271

Should the VA Help Pre-Health Students Gain Access to Shadowing Hours at its Hospitals?

Argument in favor

There are numerous barriers to underprivileged pre-health students gaining access to the shadowing hours they need to be competitive in admissions for health professions schools, including MD and nursing programs. The pilot program this bill prescribes would help level the playing field.

burrkitty's Opinion
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03/05/2019
This is nice. So fine go ahead. But understand that without properly funding the VA, this is all wasted effort. It doesn’t matter if you have a pipeline for future medical personnel if you don’t pay them and hire sufficient numbers of them. More than helping some future medical personnel get shadowing hours, maybe we should fully fund the VA to help our veterans immediately.
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Jace's Opinion
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03/05/2019
As a veteran seeking a career in the medical field, this would not only help me gain experience, but more importantly help veterans get more compassionate care from shadowed VA personnel.
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03/05/2019
This bill offers a good way to address multiple problems of motivating students toward higher education, addressing some of the future staffing needs of the VA and driving up in the long term the quality of VA health services. The devil is in the implementation details which would require close and careful oversight that should be built into the program.
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Argument opposed

All VA hospital programs have student volunteer programs, which give student volunteers — including those who are on the pre-health track — exposure to the healthcare that the VA offers to veterans. There’s no need for another program to help underprivileged pre-health students.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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03/05/2019
All VA hospital programs have student volunteer programs, which give student volunteers — including those who are on the pre-health track — exposure to the healthcare that the VA offers to veterans. There’s no need for another program to help underprivileged pre-health students.
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Ray's Opinion
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03/05/2019
VA should focus on helping veterans in need of healthcare. I am having a difficult time agreeing to this proposal while we know veterans are not getting the basic support, care or funding. Any arrangement between medical schools and VA should be based on arrangements between the institutions and must provide a fully transparent option for any patients to deny a student in training to shadow medical professionals.
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Roger 's Opinion
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03/03/2019
We (because I am a disabled combat veteran) are not Guinea pigs. We shouldn't be use as some sick test platform for people that have no idea about what they are doing. Is it not bad enough that health care at the VA is already seriously lacking? Now politicians in all of their infinite wisdom want to make it worse with a bunch of lackies to a bunch of incompetent medical morons. Yep our wonderful lackluster government at work. Loverly, just loverly!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019