The Russian health care system today: Can American-Russian CME programs help?

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ABSTRACTThe health of the Russian people has deteriorated dramatically since the fall of communism, due particularly to cardiovascular disease. The Eurasian Medical Education Program was developed in response to provide continuing medical education for Russian physicians. Programs are directed mainly toward primary care physicians and focus on outpatient management of diseases that cause high rates of mortality and morbidity. This experience provides an opportunity to assess the structure and functioning of the Russian health care system and emphasizes the importance of general internal medicine training in detection, management, and prevention of disease complications.


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