ERIC Number: ED062556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Training of Medical Assistants and Similar Personnel.
World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).
The 12-member WHO Expert Committee on Professional and Technical Education of Medical and Auxiliary Personnel met during a 4-day conference in Geneva, Switzerland, to review experience to date, including surveys made by consultants in 1965 and 1966, and to make recommendations on the training and utilization of medical assistants and similar personnel whose duties include limited responsibility for diagnosing treatment of patients. During the conference, the committee: (1) attempted to define "medical assistant" in terms of existing practices in various countries, and (2) examined the differences in general education requirements needed to pursue technical training. In addition, the committee developed guidelines for: (1) determining the need for auxiliaries in medicine, (2) training medical assistants, including recruitment and selection of trainees, establishing training objectives, determining program content and location, selecting training staff, and evaluating trainees and the program, and (3) utilizing medical assistants. Examples of functions performed by medical assistants in two countries and sample training programs in six countries are appended. (SB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Conference Reports, Educational Programs, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Labor Utilization, Medical Assistants, Physicians Assistants, Program Development
Columbia University Press, 136 South Broadway, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, N.Y. 10533 ($.60)
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Authoring Institution: World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).
Note: Report of the WHO Expert Committee on Professional and Technical Education of Medical and Auxiliary Personnel (17th, Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 4-8, 1967)