I love this.
From Happy's blog...
So, midlevels aren't good enough.....blah, blah, blah. If Happy is only referring to practicing with complete independence, I would completely agree with him. But he's not.
I cannot speak for NP's, but PA's ARE educated in the medical model. We recieve between 2000-2600 clinical hours during school. NP's recieve far less. Like 600-800 for many programs. We are dependent providers that practice with a fair amount of autonomy, but not complete independence. We complete board examinations every 6 years, and 100 hours of CME every two years.
If Happy had his way, ONLY MD's/DO's would be able to practice medicine....too bad it's not possible.
HERE is a link from an article for the NY Times....
A little snippet for ya.
Two trends are converging: there is a shortage of internists nationally — the American College of Physicians, the organization for internists, estimates that by 2025 there will be 35,000 to 45,000 fewer than the population needs — and internists are increasingly unwilling to accept new Medicare patients.
Hmmm, 35-45000 fewer providers than needed. Per the ACP.....Where are these mythical MD's going to magically appear from? Who is going to pay for them?
PA's and NP's can manage a great deal of what comes through an ER or clinic on their own. I am working today. I've seen 12 patients, I've only involved the consultant on three of them, WHY?? Cause the others did not need physician evaluation.
OH, and BTW...the PA profession has 49 residencies, including Hospital Medicine, in fact, there are two!