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.

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…

Another Take: Mental health in the COVID-19 pandemic

Cullen et al. (1) reported that despite the occurrence of emotional distress and social disorder during a pandemic, resources are typically not provided to manage or attenuate pandemics’ effects on mental health and wellbeing. Psychological reactions to pandemics include maladaptive behaviors, emotional distress and defensive responses (1,2).  People who are prone to psychological problems are especially vulnerable. They…

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic

A pandemic is defined as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people (1,2).” Given the novelty of SARS–CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and the subsequent coronavirus pandemic, little is known on the effects this pandemic is having in persons with pre-existing anxiety-based disorders and…

Are You Freaking Serious? Debate ensues over San Francisco providing alcohol, drugs to homeless in hotels

            What on Earth kind of idiots are you electing California?  This article reports: Department of Public Health officials in San Francisco assure the public that a program providing homeless, recovering drug addicts– housed in hotels during the pandemic–with methadone, alcohol and marijuana, comes at no cost to taxpayers.             Never mind costs, or the politics of it,…

Opportunistic Infection: How to expand the APP role in a crisis

So, this article pops up on social media recently (1).  It is disappointing that my former profession is using this coronavirus pandemic crisis to manipulate into expanded roles that may be out of bounds of their education and scope of practice.  Before the pandemic crisis, evaluation visits by the advanced practice provider (APP) would have been…