Nothing is stopping them. I've met two NPs who have their own practice setups. One is an NP, whose husband is a retired ortho surgeon acting as 'medical director', who does botox injections and dermabrasions all day - making over $150K. The other is a Psych NP with a collaboration agreement that clears well over $200K per year.There are supposedly massive shortages in family practice, psychiatry and dermatology.
Nurse practitioners and PAs can independently practice in slightly less than half the states.
If the issue is medical knowledge, the NP/PA can go through the best medical education resources (Uworld, First Aid, Pathoma, Sketchy, Online MedEd etc) to get the core information that medical school teaches.
If it is dealing with complex problems or emergencies, the NP/PA can always refer those out to the doctor or emergency room.
So the question is: what is preventing this model from working?
Edit: I ask because a friend of mine just got booted from med school for non-academic reasons and he is either going to: 1. Go carib or 2. Do NP. Both would cost around the same, but NP would take more time even going through the accelerated programs.
Uh no. Not if that carrib MD was good enough to actually land a US residency and get through it. Essentially what your saying in that case is that NP training is better than a US residency training, which you quite obviously would not agree with.
NP is better than Carib.
I meant more for job security and being sure you're gonna graduate and put food on the table.Uh no. Not if that carrib MD was good enough to actually land a US residency and get through it. Essentially what your saying in that case is that NP training is better than a US residency training, which you quite obviously would not agree with.