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VISN 5 MIRECC - Clinician Advisory Panel

VISN 5 MIRECC - Clinician Advisory Panel

The VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) invites VA licensed independent practitioners to join their Clinician Advisory Panel as expert advisors to VISN 5 MIRECC personnel across our research, education and clinical cores. The Clinician Advisory Panel meets 2-4 times a year to inform the development and execution of specific research projects, the direction of future VA research, and/or future programming associated with our education and clinical cores. If you are interested in using your clinical expertise to shape VA research and developing clinical services please review the FAQ and return your completed CAP application to Samantha Hack at Samantha.Hack@va.gov

Clinician Advisory Panel FAQ

What is the VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC)?
The VISN 5 MIRECC is part of a nationwide program of specialized centers funded by Congress to improve health care and mental health care for all Veterans with mental illness. The mission of the VISN 5 MIRECC is to support and enhance the recovery and community functioning of Veterans with serious mental illness.
What is the Clinician Advisory Panel?
The Clinician Advisory Panel (CAP) is a group of VA clinicians who serve as expert advisors to VISN 5 MIRECC personnel across our research, education and clinical cores. The CAP helps identify emerging needs in VA care, critique developing interventions, provide feedback on feasibility of proposed studies, and conceptualize future programming associated with our education and clinical cores.
What does being a CAP member entail?
We know our expert advisors are busy so we use CAP members’ time efficiently. The CAP meets quarterly, twice a year for general meetings and twice a year for project review. CAP members can attend in person at the Baltimore VA Annex or via VANTS.
General meeting: All CAP members are invited to share their views about unmet needs in VA care and underserved Veteran populations. These meetings inform the direction of future research, educational, and clinical efforts.
Project review meeting: CAP members are selected based on their areas of expertise to review developing research projects and provide key feedback. These meetings inform the development and execution of specific research projects.
Who should join CAP?
All VA licensed independent practitioners are invited to join the CAP. We encourage members to list their CAP membership on their resumes and report it on their performance evaluations.
How do I join CAP?
To join CAP please complete the CAP Expert Advisor Application (see attachment) and return it to Samantha Hack at Samantha.Hack@va.gov

If you have further questions please contact the CAP coordinator:
Samantha Hack, PhD, LGSW
Research Health Scientist
VA VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center
Phone: 410-637-1857
Samantha.Hack@va.gov