Lege Artis Medicinae

[Public health priorities in Hungary until the turn of the millennium; Annex]

KERTAI Pál

SEPTEMBER 29, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(09)

[Current situation: the Public Health Service currently employs 1878 university graduates (of whom 1175 are doctors) and 4131 college graduates. In 1991, there were 635 public health-epidemiology, 23 public health-laboratory and 643 social medicine specialists, most of them employed by the Public Health Service. Their training and further training were provided by the four departments of the University of Postgraduate Medical Education (Public Health, Occupational and Industrial Health, Radiological Health, Public Health in Medicine), while the college training was provided by the College of the same university. The introduction of the medical officer service created a new situation, as many professionals with clinical training entered the service. To ensure the same level of knowledge, a regulation requires medical officers to complete a course in medical officer training within three years and medical officers within five years. Further training is organised by the National Centre for Public Health and the three-month courses culminate in an examination. It is unfortunate that neither the examinations nor the courses are accepted in Western European countries. ]

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