Friday, December 23, 2011
Parkinson's Disease In The Crossfire Refers To NPs and PAs As Extenders
Thanks to Carla Gibson ARNP for passing along a CME opportunity that refers to NPs and PAs as "physician extenders". I stopped by their website and left them the following response. "I am surprised and disappointed that you are referring to ARNPs as physician extenders in your CME course. We are licensed and many are board certified to provide primary care to our patients. My patients often do not lay eyes on the doctor. If he provides no service to my patients, how can I then be an extension of him? Another term that I find offensive is mid-level provider. In my and my patient's opinions, I give top level care to them and their families. Mid-level implies mediocre care at best. Please consider changing your terminology in your CME course. Thanks." What do you think about these terms?
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