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More than 3,000 educational programs for 23 allied health professions are accredited by the American Medical Association in collaboration with the American Hospital Association, 13 medical specialty societies, and 13 allied health associations. The US commissioner of education and the nongovernmental Council on Postsecondary Accreditation recognize the AMA and collaborating organizations to accredit educational programs for the best established of these allied health occupations. The AMA has been accrediting allied health education programs for more than 40 years.
Changes in AMA Accreditation Structure
At the 1976 Clinical Convention in Philadelphia, the AMA House of Delegates voted that the AMAs responsibility to adopt Essentials (minimal standards for AMA accreditation) for allied health education programs was delegated to the Council on Medical Education (CME), with the understanding that before adopting any Essentials the Council will secure the comments and advice of appropriate AMA section councils, medical specialty societies, and allied
Allied Health Education. JAMA. 1977;238(26):2809–2814. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280270055005
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