What a crock. I just love it when medical schools pander to whatever is popular at the moment and then change curriculums to make it look like they are doing their part.
Upstate Medical University is one of more than 60 U.S. medical schools that have announced they will require students to take prescriber education in line with newly released federal guidelines designed to curb prescription painkiller overdoses.
This is such a marketing stunt. First of all, medical students don’t prescribe anything. Secondly, the whole narcotic abuse has many factors OTHER than doctors not knowing how to prescribe them:
- Pain is the fifth vital sign. Remember that one?
- Doctors were getting into trouble with their state board of medicine or being sued for not giving enough pain medicine.
- Prescription monitoring programs were not set up to even catch narcotic abusers. Some are but NOT across most state lines. How hard is this to do? Isn’t this a federal issue?
- Pill mills run by scumbag doctors were the biggest cause of this problem.
- What about really punishing narcotic selling patients? Shouldn’t they share in some of this responsibility.
All of this has nothing to do with medical school training. There is so much to learn there that adding marketing ploys to their agenda is just ridiculous. What’s next, a new education course in how to spot the Zika virus?Tweet