ERIC Number: ED221097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Allied Health Continuing Education.
Problems related to the delivery of continuing education programs in the allied health professions are examined, based on the viewpoints of allied health professional organizations, allied health faculty members, and continuing education administrative units. Problems as seen by professional organizations include: allied health continuing education (AHCE) is provided for membership as a tangible benefit; AHCE is considered an area for financial gain; AHCE approval process and recordkeeping is unique to the organization; and communication and coordination between and among allied health organizations is minimal or nonexistent. Problems as seen by allied health faculty members include: AHCE is an overload activity for faculty members; AHCE is provided by professional clinical sites and the clinical affiliation agreements may be jeopardized if allied health schools or colleges develop AHCE programs and the faculty compete with affiliated institutions; AHCE is a responsibility of the allied health faculty who should present the program content; and AHCE programs should not mix noncredit and credit students. Problems in AHCE as seen by continuing education (CE) administrative units include the following: revenue generated by AHCE activities must partially support the CE administrative staff; and the health care team is often discussed but few AHCE programs are developed to focus on this concept. Suggestions for solving problems include the following: encourage the establishment of national standards for processing AHCE program proposals and encourage allied health professional organizations to establish a uniform approval form. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Administrator Attitudes, Agency Role, Allied Health Occupations Education, College Faculty, College Role, Coordination, Educational Policy, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Professional Associations, Professional Continuing Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Medical Technology (50th, Houston, TX, June 20-25, 1982).