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Medical News & Perspectives
March 3, 1999

Russian Physicians Helped to Upgrade Medical Skills

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JAMA. 1999;281(9):783. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.783-JMN0303-2-1

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.