I'm sure I'm not the only one here to have had this thought: Doesn't it seem as though the areas of health care which were once reserved solely for the physician are dwindling? Nurse practitioners (and PAs) can now do nearly everything an FP/IM can do, with half the total training. CRNAs appear to be able to do pretty much all that an anesthesiologist can do (open heart, head cases, etc). Even radiology procedures may be pawned off to "Radiology Practioner Assistants" in the near future (see the thread in the radiology forum). Gas, rads, and medicine are all interesting, but it seems very demoralizing to me as a medical student to devote eleven or twelve years of my life to gain the same rights that "mid-level" practitioners gain in five or six. It seems surgery is the one field that no one is willing to touch yet (i.e, create a special school for). Some could argue this point, what with pseudo-docs doing some minor surgery (podiatrists, optometrists), but by and large, surgery seems to be the one field that is reserved for docs alone. Will it, in the end, be the only thing that separates the "real" doctors (MD/DO) from other providers?