Rebekah Bernard MD and Niran Al-Agba MD|

Increasingly, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are being asked to step into the role of physicians. While surgeons and procedural doctors have been fairly insulated from this phenomenon, the tide is beginning to turn. Today we are going to explore the phenomenon of NPs and PAs performing colonoscopies, screening tests for colon cancer.

Colorectal surgeon Amer Alame MD discusses the flaws in a study that claims to show that PAs can safely perform colonoscopies.

Fejleh MP, Shen C, Chen J, Bushong J, Dieckgraefe, B, Sayuk G. Quality metrics of screening colonoscopies performed by PAs. JAAPA. 2020;33(4):43-48.

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