UNCW partners with Fayetteville VA Medical Center for students to complete clinical internships, studies

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Elizabeth Goolsby, director of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center, left, joins UNCW Provost Denise Battle as they signed an affiliation agreement between the two entities at a ceremony on campus Monday, March 25. Photo courtesy of UNCW / Jamie Moncrief.

Officials with the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington announced a new partnership with the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center that allows UNCW students to complete their clinical internships or field studies at the hospital.

Elizabeth Goolsby, director of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center (VAMC), and UNCW Provost Denise Battles signed an affiliate agreement between the two institutions at UNCW on Monday.

The agreement formally establishes an affiliation between CHHS and VAMC to work collaboratively to enhance patient care, education and research through academic discovery, cooperation and enhanced applied learning, according to James Jarvis, director of public relations at UNCW.

“Every academic program within the College of Health and Human Services has a clinical, internship or field requirement for our students to complete prior to graduation,” Dr. Kathy Browder, CHHS Associate Dean, said.

“Working with the Fayetteville VA Medical Center is certainly a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved as our students gain valuable on-the-job training; our researchers get to assist the VA in tackling some of their hardest scientific questions; and their doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to serve as adjunct faculty here at UNCW,” Browder said.

“The Fayetteville VA Medical Center is committed to preserving its role in rendering educational opportunities and offering key clinical experiences to prepare future healthcare providers.

“Currently the VAMC has affiliation agreements with 65 colleges or universities, six institutions and 121 programs.  We are excited to partner with UNCW to provide an appropriate learning environment for their students while continuing to provide world-class healthcare for our veterans,” Goolsby said.