SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) First, I want to share that I am truly not looking for controversy. My question/concern is genuine. I need to address this concern to those that are certified in Family Practice. So, I am in a university bridge program in nursing. I entered into this, since most of my credits were already in nursing. Honestly, my hope has been to apply to a solid PB program, enter medical school, and with hard work and some good fortune, pursue family practice. I was disheartened, however, by my clinical instructor/NP's position that nurse practitioner's should take over family practice, and physicians should simply all become specialists. I suppose she believes it is a waste of time to have medical school/medical residency graduates perform the mundane or basic work of family practice. I explained that residency programs give many more years and hours of clinical education, but she persisted in stating that FP NPs are really all the most folks need when they go for a FP visit. Besides all the political back and forth, basically how much do you believe this is true, especially in light of your own practice? It was my understanding that patients have many issues and co-morbid states that really require a closer look, so to speak. And basically that is the thinking from which I have sought to move into this area. Although a RN, my background is in critical care, and there were times when I wondered if I would get bored in FP. But then I considered how many people have multiple issues that require a lot of critical thinking and very thorough, individualized approaches to care. Also, the instructor states that NPs would have more time than physicians for health education of patients; however, if more FP physicians left the field, the NPs would be constrained by the same time limitations and lack of compensation for patient teaching. I basically had to bite my lip, because I didn't want to seem disrespectful to this NP/clinical instructor. There seems to be some imbalance in how some folks in healthcare approach this issue. Since there was no FP physician there at the time, of course the body of students only got the one perspective. Again, I'm not looking for fire-storming or political polarizations. I just want honest insight from those that are involved in family medicine. Also, do any of you ever feel "under-challenged" mentally in family medicine? Thanks in advance.