Physicians as Team Leaders

Education And Training Matter

Nurses are an important part of the health care team, but they should not practice independently. They do not have the same level of training and clinical expertise as a medical doctor.

  • Before completing residency, the average M.D. or D.O. physician has:
    • 4 years of graduate level education
    • 3-7 years of residency training 
    • More than 12,000 hours of clinical training 
  • In contrast, the average training for a Nurse Practitioner (A.P.R.N) includes:
    • 2-4 years of graduate level education
    • No residency training
    • 500-720 hours of clinical training
  • Oklahoma does not need more opioid access.
  • The state is fifth in the nation when it comes to opioid addiction. We need less access, not more.
  • Physicians, nurses and health care providers of all types go where the patients are.
  • To improve rural health care, we must work to recruit physicians and a variety of health care providers. OSMA has committed a half-million dollars toward that effort and have already partnered with the public and private sector to make sure physicians are in rural Oklahoma.
  • Other states have proven this “independence” does not lead to rural coverage


Protect Yourself and Others

Contact your legislator today and advocate for patient-centered, physician-led care to ensure the safest medical care. You deserve the best.

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