Compromise Is Dangerous in Surgery

Organized medicine has worked with allied health providers in past scope of practice debates to find common ground where the allied health providers’ education and training is adequate to manage a patient on his or her own.  For example, physicians and physical therapists solved the direct access issue in the 2019 Texas Legislature.

However, in the case of surgery, a policy compromise is more than just that: It can also be a compromise of a patient’s eyesight. There simply is no middle ground when it comes to the serious nature of surgery.

No Shortcut to Becoming a Surgeon

There is already and tried and true pathway to becoming a surgeon: medical school and residency. The good news is that there is no age limit for applying to medical school and starting the journey toward becoming a skilled surgeon. Creating a lower and inferior pathway would be wrong.