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COOPERATION AMONG THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
For the past 50 years, the American Medical Association has remained committed to extensive participation in the complex allied health education and accreditation processes. In collaboration with more than 40 medical specialty societies and allied health organizations, the AMA has cooperated in the development of educational standards for 26 allied health professions (Appendix IV, Table 2), for which the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) accredits more than 3,000 allied health educational programs (Appendix IV, Table 1 and Fig 1A) at almost 1,800 institutions, including hospitals and clinics, junior/community colleges, colleges and universities, and other institutions (Appendix IV, Fig 1B).Central to the development of allied health educational programs are the educational standards, referred to as Essentials. The collaborating organizations cooperate with the AMA in developing and adopting Essentials. In December 1976, the AMA House of Delegates delegated its responsibility for reviewing and
Hedrick HL. Allied Health Education and Accreditation. JAMA. 1982;248(24):3288–3290. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330240048007
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