ERIC Number: ED168771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare on the Need for and Feasibility of Establishing an American Indian School of Medicine, as Required by Title VI of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Public Law 94-437). Report to Congress.
Cresap, McCormick, and Paget, Inc., New York, NY.
Based on all factors considered during an independently conducted six month long needs assessment and feasibility study in response to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Title VI, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare reports on the need for an American Indian school of medicine (AISOM). A separate innovative educational institution providing a quality and relevant education leading to an M.D. degree should be developed to turn around the low percentage of Indians in the medical professions. An AISOM, which should meet the accreditation requirements of the AMA/AAMC Liaison Committee on Medical Education as well as specific needs of Indian peoples, is feasible because the current medical education system is inadequate to develop sufficient American Indian medical professionals and because the current status of American Indian health care is below that of the total population. The establishment of an AISOM in conjunction with scholarship and precollege/premedical programs would provide a comprehensive and effective strategy to significantly improve physician needs for all Indian peoples. Appendices include the complete report of the independent study group, sources of financing, and operating cost estimates for a medical school. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), American Indian Education, American Indians, Cultural Background, Demography, Feasibility Studies, Federal Indian Relationship, Financial Support, Health Services, Medical Care Evaluation, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Medical Students, Needs Assessment, Recruitment, Scholarships
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: Cresap, McCormick, and Paget, Inc., New York, NY.