Doctor of Medical Science

TMA in 2016 negotiated a three-year moratorium with the Tennessee Nurses Association on any scope of practice legislation, so there were no bills in 2018 related to APRN independent practice. There was a contentious debate in the legislature, however, surrounding a proposal for a new scope of licensure for physician assistants.

Lincoln Memorial University sought legislation that would allow graduates of LMU’s Doctor of Medical Science degree program to practice in primary care as “doctors of medical science.” TMA was opposed to the bill in 2017 and 2018 and changed its position to neutral only after the proponents addressed all of physicians’ concerns, including changing the licensure name from “doctor of medical science” to “Essential Access Practitioner.” EAPs would have also been regulated by the Board of Medical Examiners in a physician-led, team-based care healthcare delivery model. The bill was withdrawn late in the session and LMU has said it does not intend to revisit. 

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Article from Tennessee Medicine: Q2, 2018