Quote from Spadeforce
Not that med school curriculum is perfect but they do share a lot of the same teachers as we have in the in house PA program at my school. The np school is totally separate.
Specialists teach their speciality stuff and they have dedicated pharmacists for pharmacology. They don't have dedicated PHDs tho like we do. Not that they all teach good anyway but you get the point
You are making a blanket statement without any evidence. I went to Hopkins and we shared faculty with the medical school and the school of public health. We also had actual pharmacists from the hospital teach pharmacy courses. My preceptors included MDs, DOs, and NPs.
Doctors aren't stupid. When considering hiring an NP or a PA, they are quite capable of looking at a resume and seeing what school the applicant went to, and they even know which schools are good schools!
There are excellent NPs and crappy ones, too. The same is true of PAs and MDs.
I'm also tired of people on this forum putting down the nursing mindset of NPs. An important part of healing is a therapeutic relationship and a holistic approach to caring for a patient. In my short experience, so far, I've seen many instances of MDs with terrible people skills who simply don't help patients for a variety of reasons: patient so upset with MD attitude that they never go back, patients who don't understand what the MD told them to do, MDs who prescribe very expensive medications w/o considering the patient's insurance or financial means, MDs who think they know everything and don't know when specialist referral is needed, etc.
Talking to MDs, some of them prefer NPs and some prefer PAs. So there is work for everyone.
I've now had exposure to new grad PAs and I don't think they are inherently better than NPs.
NPs have full practice authority and can open their own practice in almost 1/2 of states and the V.A. and that is not true of PAs.