This is the school of thought of the general opposition to any change such as a bridge program for midlevels. It makes sense to me, however, in a growing shortage of fam docs... why not create a bridge program that includes all the essential sciences and cuts way down on all the non-primary care exposure? It COULD be condensed, it COULD work well and it COULD produce real, competent doctors for the primary care field. Hell, you could even require rural health practice for one of these "short-cut" doctors.
"sure it makes sense to you because you are a np" states the med student. I personally hope to be so far away from medicine in any form by then it won't matter. I hate it.
"but bridging is a short cut and that's not fair because that's not how I did it" states the med student. 4 yrs bach, min 1 yr experience, 2 yrs grad school, for a total of 7 yrs when you want to begin your likely 2 yr bridge program... hardly a shortcut.
"but your 7 yrs isn't as hard as ours" Who cares?
This attitude of my way or no way is costing this country a lot of lives. That's right, many people will die simply because a bridge program idea or other open minded ideas to increase the primary care doc work force will continue to be shot down because the opposition ultimately cares more for themselves than the patients. "but patient safety is what we're concerned with" No, you're not. If the number one killer is heard disease, and the way to prevent that is the simple task of lower lipids, blood pressure, controlling diabetes, and promoting heart healthy behaviors, that even us lowly midlevels can do with our eyes closed then it's easy to see that even a MD that was bridged would satisfy the laws to open their own clinic and receive the meager reimbursements to make a practice work. This would result in more patients seen, and therefore more risk factors treated, resulting in lower mortality and morbidity in this country.
At least now you can admit that you'd rather more people die than be open minded to an alternative method of becoming a primary care MD.