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The Accad and Koka Report - Michel Accad and Anish Koka 13th March 2019
Ep. 69 MD vs NP: Patient Protection or Turf War?
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Ep. 69 MD vs NP: Patient Protection or Turf War?

Rebekah Bernard, MD

A massive push to increase the number of nurse practitioners and physician assistants and to extend their scope of practice is under way.  The stated goal is to address a real or perceived shortage of primary care physicians. This effort worries many doctors who are concerned that patients are getting short-changed in the process.  But is this concern justified or is it simply motivated by protectionist interests?

Our guest is Dr. Rebekah Bernard, a successful family physician from Fort Myers, Florida.  She is board member of Physicians for Patient Protection, an organization calling for more transparency regarding the difference in training between physicians and non-physician providers, and advocating for legislative action to avoid misrepresentation of the capabilities and knowledge-base of nurse practitioners.


Rebekah Bernard, MD: Twitter and practice website


What’s ruining medicine for physicians: replacing primary care physicians with NPs/PAsMedical Economics Staff Editorial, December 4, 2018

Can I see a nurse practitioner instead of a doctor?”  Cedars-Sinai Blog January 28, 2019

IOM Report. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.  Institute of Medicine (National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine) Report.

Rebekah Bernard. How to Be a Rock Star Doctor: The Complete Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Life and Your Profession 

Rebekah Bernard. Physician Wellness: The Rock Star Doctor’s Guide


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