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The Council on Medical Education evaluates educational programs relating to the health professions and services important to medicine, and assists in the development of training programs approved by the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association for the provision of a continuing supply of wellqualified personnel in these fields. Beginning in the mid-1930's, the Council developed minimal training essentials for medical technologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. These "Essentials" have formed the bases for evaluating and, where warranted, accrediting educational programs in these fields. Minimal training essentials and approval procedures were subsequently developed for medical record librarians (1943), x-ray technicians (1944), medicalrecord technicians (1953), inhalation therapists (1962), and cytotechnologists (1962). The "Essentials" in each area are under continuing study by the Council and the collaborating professional groups and are revised as needed with the approval of the House of Delegates. The successful development of these training essentials and the
Education Programs in Areas Allied to Medicine. JAMA. 1966;198(8):906-908. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110210156041