VA North Texas Health Care System Requirements

Welcome to the UT Southwestern and the VA North Texas Health Care System! We’re excited to have you as part of our wonderful Internal Medicine resident program. Listed below are all the VA onboarding requirements you must complete before you begin work at UT Southwestern on June 20, 2018. Some of the items can be completed online, while others will require you to visit the Dallas VA in person before May 31, 2018. Please review all the STEPS listed below thoroughly so you know what is expected of you in the coming two months. Some of the steps can be done anytime (today!), and some might have to wait until you are in town doing your house-hunting. If you have any questions at all regarding the VA Onboarding items listed below, feel free to contact Vicky Robertson. vickyl.robertson@va.gov

Steps 1-3 must be completed before your VA computer access can be requested. VA HR processing can be done starting in late March 2018 but must be completed no later than May 31, 2018, in person in Dallas on either a Tuesday or Thursday between 9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. Please take this into consideration as these deadlines are non-negotiable. A good time to accomplish this may be when you are visiting Dallas looking for housing.

Step 1: Dallas VA HR Processing

Please complete the following VA Forms and present them to HR (see map) in the following order:

  1. HR Processing can only be done at the Dallas VA in person on either a Tuesday or Thursday between 9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. (no appointment is necessary).
  2. Bring your VA Forms (original and 1 copy) and 2 matching government-issued IDs - originals (i.e., driver’s license, social security card, passport, originals only) you will go to the HR Department, Bldg. TT-51 to process in. Your name must match on all your IDs.
  3. After processing, if you have not been fingerprinted at your local VA, immediately go to be fingerprinted next door in Building TT-49.
  4. NOTE to IMGs with J1 Visas and/or no SSN card  - The VA will not be able to process you in unless you have approved government issued documents (see below).  So it is most likely that you will have to wait until you arrive in June to do all the steps needed for the VA (depends on your country’s ability to expedite paperwork, your ability to travel, etc.). As soon as you arrive in the US and have the necessary documents, taking care of your VA paperwork and fingerprinting must be a top priority. 

Documents that Establish Both Identity and Employment Authorization

  1. U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  2. Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  3. Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine- readable immigrant visa
  4. Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
  5. For a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer because of his or her status:
    1. Foreign passport; and
    2. Form I-94 or Form I-94A that has the following:
      1. The same name as the passport and
      2. An endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status as long as that period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form
  6. Passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI

Deadline to process the IN-PERSON VA paperwork is May 31, 2018.

Step 2: VA Fingerprinting

Courtesy fingerprinting can be done at your local VA Facility before you process in at the Dallas VA (please follow the steps below). Be sure to take the Memorandum Request Form and Courtesy SAC Form and two matching government-issued ID Forms (state-issued driver’s license, Social Security number, U.S. passport, etc., originals only). Fingerprinting can also be done at the Dallas VA (Building TT-49) if you are presently living in Dallas or visiting Dallas on a Tuesday and Thursday between 9–11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m.

Steps for Courtesy Fingerprinting

  1. Take the Courtesy Fingerprint Memo Request Form plus the SAC Form and two forms of matching government ID to your Local VA and be fingerprinted.
  2. Please notify Vicky Robertson when this step is completed.

Step 3: Mandatory VA TMS Training Course

You must complete the VA course entitled “Mandatory Training for Trainees, VA 3185966before your codes can be requested. Self-enroll using your Gmail or a permanent email address. To self-enroll, click on "CREATE NEW USER" using VA Location Code (NTX); VA POC First Name (Vicky); VA POC Last Name (Robertson); VA Point of Contact email address (vickyl.robertson@va.gov), complete course, and print certificate. Please let us know if you have already self-enrolled at another VA and Vicky Robertson will request that your account is transferred to the Dallas VA. After completing the course, please print and email a copy of the certificate to Vicky Robertson. vickyl.robertson@va.gov

Step 4: Additional Forms

Additional forms are needed for the Medical Service Administrative Office. Please email to Vicky Robertson. vickyl.robertson@va.gov

Step 5: Name Badge/Non-PIV Card

On your Orientation Day at the VA, June 28, 2018, you will have your picture taken in the VA HR PIV Office (Building TT-49) for this card. You must take two forms of matching government ID (originals only). HR will notify us when your card is ready to be picked up and Vicky Robertson will email you for pickup. This card will be used as:

  • Your VA name badge (use your UT Southwestern/Parkland name badge until you receive VA name badge)
  • To write outpatient narcotics
  • To log into the VA remotely

Step 6: VA Orientation and Computer Codes

You will receive your access codes during your Internal Medicine Orientation at the VA on June 28, 2018, in the Medical Service 8th floor conference room (Building. 2, Room B815).