Can nurses replace doctors?
by Kevin Pezzi, MD
The Internet gave employment nightmares to American doctors in specialties such as pathology and radiology because some of their work can be performed at less cost by physicians in other countries. Doctors in the not-too-distant future face another threat: competition from nurses with computerized diagnostic software that enables them to outperform physicians, according to Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dennis K. Berman.
I discussed this at length in a LinkedIn article (Can Nurses Replace Doctors?) that should be read by everyone contemplating a medical career. If I am correct, you have little or nothing to worry about. If I am wrong, you may work for many years to become a licensed doctor and end up flipping burgers.