American Doctors Are Killing Themselves and No One Is Talking About It: "It’s estimated that at least 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves every year. Many are struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction."

You're 100% wrong. The fact that you sit through some of the same preclinical courses doesn't make your knowledge base equivalent, and you certainly won't experience "90%" of medical school. If you did, why not just stay on for the extra 10% and get that MD?

Want equal practice rights? Take the same medical boards we do. Go through the same rotations we do. Have some humility. The reason it is so difficult to change fields as a physician is that mastering the knowledge and skills required for each specialty takes a long time. We could just switch (and in fact are not prohibited by the medical boards from doing so, but rather by hospital policies - which I fully agree with - that will not hire someone who is not BC/BE, which requires residency). Why do we go through all this? For the patient. Our priority too. I'm sick of the bullshit argument "we don't learn as much about medicine, and we're less experienced, but we're actually better because we can spend more time in the room with patients."

A little learning is a dangerous thing. Egos kill in medicine, and if you keep up this cowboy "I'm just as good as a doctor, I don't care what people say" you're going to hurt or kill someone, and given your lack of knowledge and experience you may not even realize it.

Don't get me wrong, I think that PA's and NP's serve a vital role in the medical field and I'm glad to have them as part of the team. But they are not a physician equivalent and I think their best use is as a provider for follow-up of chronic diseases, where they can very well become an expert in those particular management issues and use the extra time they have with patients (since reimbursement is dictated by "complexity" rather than time spent with patients, and physicians are rushed much more than they want to be in order to either keep the practice above water or avoid being fired by their employer) to help build and maintain a strong therapeutic relationship.

PS it's "pursue". Hard to take your argument of being "just as smart and stuff" seriously when you have trouble with words learned in elementary school.

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