The PVAMC is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania’s Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dental Medicine and provide training for medical interns, residents and fellows. We also maintain teaching affiliations with eleven other academic institutions in the areas of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, and Social Work. The Medical Center provides health care for more than 370,000 veterans living in America's fifth largest metropolitan area and surrounding seven counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The Medical Center has 133 operating beds, and supports a 220-bed Nursing Home referred to as the Community Living Center.
Research is an important component of the Medical Center’s mission. There are more than 225 research projects underway involving all clinical disciplines, with more than 155 investigators and technicians. Major research emphasis includes: substance abuse, nutrition, Rheumatology-Immunology, cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology-oncology, urology, anesthesiology, orthopedics, general surgery, rehabilitation medicine, Gulf War illnesses, Hepatitis C and health services research and development.