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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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      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019

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Title

Vet HP Act

Official Title

To establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a pilot program instituting a clinical observation program for pre-med students preparing to attend medical school.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    To ensure a return on investment, the bill should include establishing an employment contract between the student and the VA, ensuring that, upon graduation and meeting credentialing, these students will work for the VA for a specific amount of time in exchange for the job shadowing opportunity. Also, the hospitals involved should be selected from the best in the VA system.
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    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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    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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    Absolutely! This is an excellent program to help underprivileged students gain valuable experience in the medical profession and specifically dealing with Veterans’ healthcare.
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    Anything to help health professionals learn more about the horrors of war & how to help our vets which in turn would help everyone. . Maybe it would begin to open the countries eyes to not have s war Willy Nilly like we’ve done since Bush I over oil.
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    Of course. I’m a vet. And at the VA a couple times a month. It’s a great learning environment. They’ll see many things other doctors could go a career without seeing.
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    We need qualified health care professionals. The more exposure candidates have, the better the chances that they will excel in their endeavors. Who knows, one of them may even save your life one day.
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    The VA can use all the help it can get and this will provide a great learning resource for these new students. The VA works with some very different and difficult patients who deserves the best treatment money and knowledge can buy.
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    I think this would be a good idea. They need the training. It would be a wonderful experience for them
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    Stop separating by race, and
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    The VA already supports interns and training medical staff. We are lucky in our area our VA has a great staff and doing great job for veterans. A lot of our interns come from local civilian hospitals. Which is a great thing. They get to see the good and bad of what the military produced in veterans and medical issues.
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    First-generation college students, and students referred by minority-serving institutions??? Can we PLEASE stop excluding people? It would be racist to make something for underemployed caucasians, so stop this nonsense already. I shouldn’t tell my daughter who wants to be a nurse that she cannot go learn at the VA because she’s white. Damnit.
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    Anything to help those seeking to enter the healthcare field is a good thing.
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    This is excellent, students from all over healthcare disciplines can come together and learn about healthcare which is amazing in and in of itself. There’s an even bigger benefit, shadowing gives them experience into seeing what veterans health issues and seeing what they have to live with following a life of service
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    Yes a great idea.
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    Anywhere and anytime students can learn is invaluable!
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