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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Resident and Fellow Information



Welcome to the San Francisco VA Medical Center
The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) is proud to be part of your medical training in affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco.


Congratulations on matching with the University of California at San Francisco!

We look forward to your training experience at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System. We have been affiliated with the UCSF School of Medicine for over 50 years and more than 700 UCSF trainees from 36 programs rotate through the SFVAHCS annually. 

We extend a warm welcome, and look forward to meeting you. We anticipate that your time at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System will be an enriching and valuable addition to your education. 

Before starting clinical work at the VA, all residents and fellows are required to:

  1. Return all mandatory VA human resources forms via UCMe, as instructed by your UCSF program coordinator
  2. Complete mandatory VA online Mandatory Trainee Training. In early June 2016, your VA program support assistant will contact you with instructions for completing a VA mandatory on-line training course that must be finished before VA clinical work can start [for a list of TMS admins click here]. 
  3. Make an appointment to complete in-person human resources requirements.

Your UCSF program will typically coordinate your appointment, and let you know times and dates. If you are not attending a pre-coordinated appointment, email to schedule your 1 hour Human Resources appointment. Current UCSF medical students and residents are encouraged to schedule appointments between May 2, 2016, and June 3, 2016. The office is here [click here for map].

  • You will come to the VA to sign your human resources forms in front of a witness
  • Get fingerprinted for a security background clearance
  • Have your photo taken for your personal identification verification (PIV) card.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Card?

The Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card is vital to protecting the security, identity and privacy of not only you as an individual, but of every single person at VA, the VA as a whole, and the Veterans we serve. For your appointment, please make sure to bring two original and unexpired forms of ID [click here for list]. You can bring either two forms of ID from Column A, or one from Column A and one from Column B. Common combinations include a driver's license and passport or social security card. The names on the documents must match such that if ID #1 has your middle name, ID #2 must have either your middle name or the corresponding middle initial. Please note that we are unable to accept your school ID for PIV purposes.

I am a returning UCSF Resident or fellow do I need to do more paperwork?

Your human resources paperwork is still in effect. Your PIV badge expires three years after issue. You need to update your TMS training yearly to retain computer access. You can login to TMS here to check the status.

Need help? Call 1 (866) 496-0463, or ask your VA program support assistant [click here for list].

Questions? Email the Education Office at 

Rebecca Shunk, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Education 

Melissa Bachhuber, MD
Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Education