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Transitioning from physician to nurse practitioner

Authors Flowers M, Olenick M

Received 1 November 2013

Accepted for publication 27 November 2013

Published 22 January 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 51—54

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S56948

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Monica Flowers, Maria Olenick

College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

Abstract: Foreign-educated physicians (FEPs), also known as "international medical graduates", represent a rich source of potential primary-care providers. Despite their high level of medical knowledge and skills as well as ethnic and cultural diversity suited to meet the demands of patients, FEPs face many barriers in their attempt to continue to practice medicine in the USA. The program of study at Florida International University's Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences provides FEPs the opportunity to have an impact on health care and continue to practice medicine in the USA by becoming nurse practitioners.

Keywords: foreign-educated physician, FEP, international medical graduate, IMG, nurse practitioner, NP

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