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The VACHS Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education

The VA COE in Primary Care Education trains future health care professionals in a team-based, patient-centered care teaching model. Through an innovative curriculum of interprofessional clinical care months, interactive leadership seminars, and health policy classes, the COE offers trainees a unique, transformative approach to post-graduate medical education. Trainees learn and care for patients within protected ambulatory care time where they focus on managing a panel of patients, exclusively seen by the COE members. On a daily basis, you will learn, implement, and practice interprofessional collaboration, health policy, leadership, and quality improvement, which are necessary skills to function in today’s health care system, irrespective of specialty choice.


The mission of the COE is to educate health care professionals with innovative training, producing leaders who can provide outstanding patient-centered health care and master the skills necessary to succeed in today’s healthcare system. The structure of the COE facilitates learning these skills and applying them directly to practice.

(l to r) Rebecca Brienza, MD COE Director; Elena Speroff; Shawn Cole, MD; Susan Zapatka; Linda Mele; Andrea Uradu; Ali Khan; Rose Cocchiaro; Anne Hyson, MD; Ted Long; Susan Barringer; Jill Edwards COE Co-Director; and Krisda Chaiyachati

Areas of Focus

  1. Shared Decision Making
  2. Sustained Relationships
  3. Interprofessional Collaboration
  4. Performance Improvement
  5. Facilitation and conflict management skills
  6. Health policy and leadership