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.

Toilets May Pose Risk for Spreading COVID-19

I just don’t get the obsession with toilet paper and toilets. This article describes that COVID-19 can manifest with GI symptoms and that it can be transmitted via the fecal-oral route as do many GI diseases. It referenced that air samples were taken from toilets in COVID positive patient’s rooms, and there was a high concentration…

Why Wear a Mask? A Sneeze Analyzed

So I have allergies and was at my local drug store buying my usual antihistamine and tissues. You would have thought by the reactions around me that I had the plague, or the COVID-19. I mean, I sneezed. I have allergies. No big deal. I’ve been sneezing this time of year since childhood. My conclusion…

Let’s go Fishing: Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

            Good Lord!! Is this how we have evolved as Humans in the year 2020? With all the technology, we’re just now learning how to wash our hands and some are buying fish tank additives to consume to prevent the COVID-19. According to the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are ingesting non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate,…

Sidelined: A Different Perspective on COVID-19

Ok, so Tom Brady isn’t staying with the New England Patriots.  I’m disappointed as much as the next guy/gal, but there is bigger news out there these days. Not to make light of the COVID-19 situation, it is very serious, but this is a shout out to those of us that have been sidelined by this…

Someone’s Got a Screw Loose: Bid To Loosen Rules On Mid-Level Providers Prompts Legislative Debate

And it’s the Georgia State legislature and those pesky self-serving lobbyists. This is not a blog bashing mid-level providers. I’m all for mid-level providers on physician lead healthcare teams. I know this is a heated topic and too much emotion often clouds honest debate. I’m sure the militant members of my former profession will have…

Village Idiots: Florida Legislature Passes Bill That Will Increase Access to “Healthcare Providers”

            If the USA is a village, then the village idiot lives in the Florida legislature. Never mind increasing scope of practice via increased education, more standardized education, and more stringent licensing exams, nope. Let’s just con a few village idiots, I mean legislators, and legislate the increased scope of practice. This bill is not a…

Apples & Oranges: Comparing Nurse Practitioner and Physician Prescribing of Psychotropic Medications for Medicaid-Insured Youths

This topic is interesting as I use to be a Psychiatric NP before becoming an MD. The study objective is: To describe psychotropic medication prescribing practices of nurse practitioners (NP) and physicians for Medicaid-insured youths in 2012–2014 in a mid-Atlantic state where NP independent prescribing is authorized. The study references that psychiatrists play a major role in prescribing medications…