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Residency Program Insider, June 27, 2014

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In Missouri, medical school graduates may be able to treat patients before completing residency.
 
The state’s governor is considering a proposal approved by the state’s lawmakers that would allow medical school graduates to act as “assistant physicians,” providing primary care and prescribing medicine in areas deemed “medically underserved,” according to an Associated Press report.
 
The plan, which aims to improve healthcare access and retain the state’s physicians, requires medical school graduates to pass the first two parts of the United State Medical Licensing Exam and work under the supervision of an experienced physician for at least a month.
 
Some medical educators have been critical of the measure, according to the AP.
 
Kathryn Diemer, assistant dean of career counseling for Washington University in St. Louis, suggested medical graduates who go directly into practice could miss an important part of training.
 

"I'm not sure medical students after two years of clinical experience could be ready to be that independent," Diemer told the AP.

 



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