Letter to the Editor: ‘We need more physicians,’ not more APPs to plug the workforce gap

By Nirmala M. Sivaprakasapillai, MDAlthough I appreciate the insights from Edward V. Loftus Jr., MD in his editorial regarding the GI physician shortage, as well as the accompanying cover story, I feel compelled to comment on some of the points within the article.The shortage of GI physicians has been predicted for years and maybe we are seeing this prediction coming to fruition earlier than initially expected. There continues to be stringent criteria to enter medical school, yet nurse practitioners can be certified after 2 years of online learning. Why not push to increase the matriculationRead More

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