With a little help from their colleagues in the United States, Russian physicians are moving forward to improve their skills and professionalism.
The American Medical Association (AMA), working through a cooperative agreement signed in 1996 with the US Agency for International Development, has just finished helping Russia's two predominant medical associations implement a pilot specialty certification program and strengthen their organizational and advocacy capabilities. Both actions should assist Russian physicians as they practice in a health care system in shambles and treat a patient population whose health status falls monthly.
Mitka M. Russian Physicians Helped to Upgrade Medical Skills. JAMA. 1999;281(9):783. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.783-JMN0303-2-1