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August 1992

Medical Education for Congressional Aides and Other Governmental Health Policymakers

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Dr Weary) and Science and Health Communications Group, Bethesda, Md (Dr Grupenhoff).

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(8):1102-1105. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680180096013

In 1984 a Preceptorship Program was created at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, ville, which provided an opportunity for congressional health legislative aides to observe, and participate in, activities in an academic medical center. This program was established in response to a survey by Grupenhoff in 1983,1 which indicated that only 2% of health legislative aides on the personal staffs of members of Congress had received any formal health professional education or training. It was anticipated that the opportunity to observe health care delivery firsthand, and to discuss health policy issues with those actively engaged in on-site health care delivery, would be informative and serve to broaden the perspectives of congressional health legislative aides and others engaged in health policy decision-making activities.

An initial pilot program was supported by a grant from the American Academy of Dermatology. In 1985, sponsorship of an expanded program was assumed

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