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What can an Internal Med Physician do that a NP can't?

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Specializes in I got hurt and went to the ER once.

What can an Internal Med Physician do that a NP can't? (In theory and reality)

What about psyche?

Non-interventional Cardiology?

thanks

D. Nightingale, Sith-RN

an internal medicine doctor has had extra training and broad ed in internal medicine which is a specialty

Darth Nightingale

Specializes in I got hurt and went to the ER once.

True. it didn't take me long as an RN to learn that Board Certified physicians know way more than I, and in no way would I assume that a few hundred hours of clinical work as a NP student compares to the rigors of 80 hours weeks for three years as a IM resident endures during their training... but still the question is on the table. It's more of a theoretical question actually.

To some extent, the answer to your question would depend on what state you're asking in, because the rules regulating NP practice vary somewhat among states. In some states, NPs can practice independently, with no physician oversight at all, and in some they can do v. little (and every possibility in between ...)