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December 22, 1978

Allied Health Education

JAMA. 1978;240(26):2856-2863. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290260060005

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ALLIED HEALTH EDUCATION CONSORTIUM  The American Medical Association and collaborating medical specialty societies and allied health organizations have been accrediting allied health programs for almost 50 years. Currently, 16 medical specialty societies work with the AMA. The more than 2,900 educational programs for 24 allied health professions have approximately 60,000 students enrolled, and about 30,000 graduates will enter their respective fields this year.In December 1976 the AMA House of Delegates assigned the responsibility of accrediting allied health programs (formerly the purview of the Council on Medical Education) to the newly formed Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA). CAHEA held its organizational meeting in January 1977.Membership on CAHEA, which is by appointment of the AMA Board of Trustees, requires "broad interest and competence in the fields of the allied health professions and services." Membership selection is guided by the desire to maintain a balance from those areas