NJ Physicians Mark Nemiroff, MD, George Petruncio, MD and IP4PI’s Craig M Wax, DO say the difference matters and believe it is time that the public knows the risks of having non-doctors imply that they have the same qualifications as physicians.
They have introduced Resolution 6-2019 at the Medical Society of New Jersey House of Delegates:
Title: Investigation of the autonomous practice of physician extenders in New Jersey and education of the public regarding the differences between physician extenders and physicians.
Sponsored by: Camden County Medical Society
Whereas, physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in the State of New Jersey must have supervising physicians; and
Whereas, there appear to be PAs and NPs practicing semi-autonomously or autonomously in New Jersey with practice names implying they are “Certified Physicians,” and
Where as, physician extender and mid-level practitioner advertisements appear to fraudulently indicate medical licensure, putting public health at risk, and therefore be it
Resolved, the Medical Society of New Jersey call on the New Jersey licensure and regulatory agencies to investigate the legitimacy, guidelines and regulations pertaining to physician extender advertisements and autonomous practice, and be it further
Resolved, the Medical Society of New Jersey educate the public on the difference in education, ability and licensure requirements of physician extenders versus physicians.
Dr. Mark Nemiroff, President Camden County Medical Society
Dr. George Petruncio
Dr. Craig M. Wax