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February 26, 1997

East Meets West to Cure Russia's Ills

JAMA. 1997;277(8):613-614. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540320015007

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THE AMERICAN Medical Association (AMA) last month hosted the first of 2 study tours for delegates from Russia's leading medical associations. The tours, sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), are designed to help Russia develop a national medical leadership that can better deal with the country's dire health problems, some of Which—like the country's rising rates of tuberculosis, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases—are certainly also international health problems.

The delegation of 8 physicians from the 4-year-old Russian Medical Association spent 11 days at the AMA's headquarters in Chicago, Ill, and another 4 at its Washington, DC, office. The physicians said they were eager to learn from the 150-year-old US organization how to establish standards for physician certification and accreditation of medical education programs and how to become more effective advocates for patients and the medical profession.

In June, a delegation from the Association of Physicians

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