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January 15, 1973

Practitioner Programs

Author Affiliations

School of Medicine University of Pittsburgh

JAMA. 1973;223(3):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220030059021

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To the  DRosinski's "Education and Role of the Physician,"ring in the Oct 23, 1972, issue of TJournal,ly anticipatesck from the medical profession in suggesting a new category of Medical Practitioner with a bachelor's degree who would provide primary care as a member of the health team after a specific four-year undergraduate curriculum. Although Dr. Rosinskilved in discussions of medical manpower, he seems never to have heard of Nurse Practitioner programs already in action at a number universities (Albany, University-North Carolina, University of Rochester, to name but a few). The courses he suggests for his "new" category already largely exist in baccalaureaterograms, and those portions that do not (differentialosis, for example) are increasinglyed, especially at those universities with Nurse Practitionerams.Ishare entirely with him the view that in a decade or so most primary care will be given by people with less than a medical degree, as well as the implication that current medical education overeducates for assumption of