Robert Duprey MD

Robert is a 2nd career physician (MD); a combat Veteran with the US Army; a former psychiatric nurse practitioner; an independent researcher; a medical writer; and now having passed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3, is a residency applicant.

A New Strawman: Why Nurse Practitioners Are Pivotal in Health Equity Work

Health equity is the new strawman argument. This article has been floating around social media recently. The article title initially drew my attention because of some key words that seemed to be strategically placed: nurse practitioners (NPs), pivotal, health equity. At first glance, it seems somewhat noble. I mean, who doesn’t want health equity. But then…

Peanuts Anyone? Are Primary Care Physicians Underpaid: New study Suggests the Answer is Yes!

Overworked and underpaid is so cliché, but what makes it interesting in this case is that according to the article it appears to be true. This article describes how 19 specialties rank in terms of salary compared to annual revenue generated. What defines underpaid anyway? For that matter, what defines being overpaid? I personally don’t think any…

Ornery Opinion: California Should Lift Onerous Nurse Practitioner Limits

I’ve seen this floating around social media recently. I respectfully disagree with the author of the article, physician Kathryn Hallsten that restrictions on nurse practitioners (NPs) in California are onerous. California is one of only 28 states that restricts NPs by requiring that they practice and prescribe with physician oversight. Onerous is defined as “involving…

Nurse Practitioners Practice “More Than Medicine”?

This article reports on a book written by Latonya Trotter, assistant professor of sociology Vanderbilt University. This blog is not about bashing or disparaging NPs. Nor is it about NPs practicing medicine. Although the title is misleading. It misleads to the notion that NPs practice medicine versus advance practice nursing. The first sentence of the article…

Ass Umptions: Nurse practitioners – A solution to America’s primary care crisis

            What is an “Ass Umption?” A neologism inferring a ridiculous notion. But as the old saying goes “making assumptions makes an ass out of you and me.” This is a follow up to a prior recent blog: https://authenticmedicine.com/2020/06/point-counterpoint-nurse-practitioners-a-solution-to-americas-primary-care-crisis/. This article is tedious to review, so I will review in small sections at a time. It seems…

Dr. Duck: Professional Appropriator

No, this is not about duck calling, Duck Dynasty, or referencing to professional appropriators as quacks, it’s about a particular posting floating around social media recently. I’m not pasting the internet link to the posting to respect the privacy of and to respect the man in reference. I think doxing is cowardly and wrong. This…

Point-Counterpoint: Nurse practitioners, A Solution to America’s Primary care Crisis

This makes me so mad. Lies, rhetoric, data manipulation, and talking points. In my last blog, I emailed the author of the article for the sources supporting the statements of ‘quality studies’ and ‘mountain of evidence.’ I actually received a response and obtained the reference:  https://www.aei.org/research-products/report/nurse-practitioners-a-solution-to-americas-primary-care-crisis/ The title of the reference is actually telling of the bias contained…

The Drifter: A Naturistic Study

So, what a beautiful night to come home from work and go for my usual run, only today it wasn’t as cut and dry as usual. This blog doesn’t reference an article, but it does reference an impromptu naturistic study I managed to complete between mile 4 and 5. Anyway, the first ½ mile of…