VA Quality Scholars



Fellowship, Scholarship, Mentorship


The mission of the VA Quality Scholars program is to develop leaders, researchers, and educators who will lead the way in quality improvement healthcare.

The VA Quality Scholars program consists of eight sites across the United States, as well as an affiliate site in Toronto, Canada. Each site in the US consists of a partnership between a VA hospital and an academic institution.

  • Interdisciplinary Fellowships

  • Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists & Psychologists

  • Network of hundreds of graduates

  • 30%  alumni in federal leadership 

  • 40% alumni in academic positions 

  • Two-thirds in VA, take leadership positions

  • Alumni network: CEO’s, CMO’s & more

  • Nationally recognized research funding 

VAQS Curriculum


METHODS & ANALYSIS – Measurement Fundamentals, Implementation Strategies, Quality Improvement Tools

CAREER & SCHOLARSHIP – Career Development, Scholarship

LEADING HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT – Teamwork/Collaboration, Leadership, Promotion and Sustainment of Organizational Change

FELLOWS’ FORUM – Fellows’ directed topics

Summer Institute

Summer Institute is the culmination of VA Quality Scholars year-long works and the international collaborative that springs forth initiatives for future endeavors. Scholars, Faculty, and Fellows enjoy a week-long conference featuring world-renowned guest speakers, innovation, and scholarly activity.