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PUBLIC LAW 102-40—MAY 7, 1991 105 STAT. 237 "(2) the rate of pay which such employee is entitled to receive including on-call premium pay described in subsection (a).". (5) Such chapter is further amended by adding after subchapter V (as added by section 203(a)) the following: "SUBCHAPTER VI—REGIONAL MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTERS "§ 7471. Designation of Regional Medical Education Centers "(a) In carrying out the Secretary's functions under section 7302 of this title with regard to the training of health personnel, the Secretary shall implement a program under which the Secretary shall designate as Regional Medical Education Centers such Department hospitals as the Secretary determines appropriate to carry out the provisions of this subchapter, "(b) Each Regional Medical Education Center (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as 'Center') designated under subsection (a) shall provide continuing medical and related education programs for personnel eligible for training under this subchapter. Such programs shall include the following: "(1) The teaching of newly developed medical skills and the use of newly developed medical technologies and equipment. "(2) Advanced clinical instruction. "(3) The opportunity for conducting clinical investigations. "(4) Clinics! demonstrations in the use of new types of health personnel and in the better use of the skills of existing health personnel. "(5) Routine verification of basic medical skills and, where determined necessary, remediation of any deficiency in such skills. "§ 7472. Supervision and stafHng of Centers "(a) Centers shall be operated under the supervision of the Chief Medical Director and shall be staffed with personnel qualified to provide the highest quality instruction and training in various medical and health care disciplines. "(b) As a means of providing appropriate recognition to persons in the career service of the Administration who possess outstanding qualifications in a particular medical or health care discipline, the Chief Medical Director shall from time to time and for such period as the Chief Medical Director considers appropriate assign such persons to serve as visiting instructors at Centers. "(c) Whenever the Chief Medical Director considers it necessary for the effective conduct of the program provided for under this subchapter, the Chief Medical Director may contract for the services of highly qualified medical and health personnel from outside the Department to serve as instructors at such Centers. "§ 7473. Personnel eligible for training "(a) The Chief Medical Director shall determine the manner in which personnel are to be selected for training in the Centers. Preference shall be given to career personnel of the Administration. "(b) To the extent that facilities are available medical and health personnel from outside the Administration may, on a reimbursable basis, be provided training in the Centers. Such reimbursement may include reciprocal training of personnel of the Administration pro-