Robert Duprey MD

Robert P. Duprey Jr studied medicine as a 2nd career medical student who went to medical school in his 40’s after honorable discharge and ‘retirement’ from 25 years in the US Military (USCG & US Army). He was a registered nurse (RN) with specialty training as a psychiatric RN in the US Army for 15 years. During this time he also became a Master’s level psychotherapist in 2002. While on US Army active duty he also became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner while working full time in 2011. He served as a Psych NP on active duty, to include a combat tour in Iraq, until his ‘retirement’ in 2014 and moved to Philippines with his 3 children. At this time he started medical school overseas at Oceania University of Medicine based out of Samoa accredited by Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). He continued to work as a Psych NP throughout medical school to support his children and to not have to take out loans for medical school tuition. Originally from Rhode Island, he completed medical school clerkship rotations throughout the USA with a graduation in May 2019 earning the esteemed credential of MD. He has successfully completed USMLE Steps 1, 2CS, and 2CK. He will take Step 3 this September as he applies for Psychiatry Residency. Having been and RN, NP and now MD, he is a believer of Physician led multidisciplinary healthcare teams

Rolling the Dice: ‘Unprecedented’ Doubling of NP Workforce Seen in Recent Years

            This article (1) references a recent study (2) titled Implications Of The Rapid Growth Of The Nurse Practitioner Workforce In The US: An examination of recent changes in demographic, employment, and earnings characteristics of nurse practitioners and the implications of those changes. This blog, the article, and the study are not about bashing Nurse Practitioners (NPs) but…

Only 1.3% of Overdose Victims Had Opioid Prescription

            So this is a hot topic in today’s opiate conscience environment. According the CDC, opiate overdose rates: 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. The age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths increased significantly by 9.6% from 2016 (19.8 per 100,000) to 2017 (21.7 per 100,000). Opioids—mainly synthetic opioids (other than methadone)—are currently the main driver of drug overdose deaths (2).             The article discusses common…

Bovine Fecal Matter: Here’s An Easy Way to Increase Access to High-Quality, Affordable Health Care

I’m all for being a team player and support all the different healthcare roles in today’s healthcare environment, but I don’t like lies or manipulation such as being put forth by the above referenced article (1): “In study(2) after rigorous study (3), evidence demonstrates that NPs offer significant cost savings (4) with no sacrifice of quality of care (5). Indeed, they show that…

Five Reasons Physicians Make Excellent Entrepreneurs

According to this Forbe’s article, medical practice revolves around two important concepts: reducing the likelihood of errors and achieving the highest probable benefit. I suspect this would be translated to mean improved practice of evidence-based medicine and profits. We know that healthcare has become more of a business and less of a healing environment. Almost a…

Federal Addiction Treatment Dollars Off-limits For Marijuana

Well how about that, “the U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana.” This seems to make sense. I mean why would you use marijuana to treat opioid addiction. However, some states allow marijuana for medical uses including opioid addiction. Federal agencies dole out money for addiction treatment to states…