<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/26/health/psychology/26MENT.html" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/26/health/psychology/26MENT.html</a> This seems to me like a very unfortunate precedent for medicine, psychology and the general public. Do any of you think that someone can learn enough medicine to safely prescribe with 450 hours of classroom instruction and 400 hours of clinical training (requiring only 100 supervised cases)? By my estimation, this would amount to less than a full academic year of classroom instruction and the equivalent of less than two full, rigorous medical school rotations. This program also has no basic science requirements. Unlike NPs and PAs or even EMT-P physician extenders, these practioners would seem to have virtually no training in other aspects of clinical medicine. How can someone with this level of experience begin to make an accurate differential diagnosis or manage a complex drug reaction? Isn?t ironic that the last twenty years of neuroscience research has led informed, well-meaning practitioners to conclude that brain diseases can be easily separated from the rest of the body? Does this program suggest that are we now using a profoundly flawed model to understand mental illness? Doesn?t this also turn clinical psychologists away form what they are really good at; i.e. research, assessment and therapy. I am astounded that the AMA and the AOA have let this occur. Do any of you think that this development will hold up over time or continue to expand to other states?