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November 1968

Joint Education of Medical Students and Allied Health Personnel

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Denver.

Am J Dis Child. 1968;116(5):499-504. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100020503008

THESE sentiments clearly express national policy which promises to make ready access to first rate health services available to all American children. With grants from the Office of Economic Opportunity, the Children's Bureau, and other federal sources, there came and continue to come many opportunities to develop comprehensive medical care facilities, a variety of models often placed in the center of poverty areas, based on the interdisciplinary team approach. But nobody yet knows just who is on the team or who should direct the team. Clearly, different populations to be served will require different allied health personnel, but that there will be a great expansion of allied health personnel to work in conjunction with pediatricians, of that we can be absolutely certain. Consider that the yearly US output of pediatric residents who are American graduates provides less than 600 pediatricians each year. Of these, perhaps 350 to 400 go into

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