Need for Nurse Practitioner Fellowships in Ophthalmology in the USA

Vishwani Persaud-Sharma, Mary A. Hooshmand

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Abstract

Medical attention to vision impairment and associated eye care complications are a vital component of daily living and overall well-being. In the United States today, the physician to patient deficit places great strain on the availability of medical attention tenable to patients nationwide; in terms of specialty medicine, this deficit is even more widespread. The field of ophthalmology faced the same physician to patient deficit in 2020, a grim reality that has left many states void of ophthalmic care, rending millions of aging individuals without domestic eye care. The implementation of trained, ophthalmic nurse practitioners (NPs) can fill the needs of this deficit; however, efficient, accredited, and board-approved American ophthalmic fellowships and residencies that secure proper ophthalmic NP transitions from academia to clinical practice are nonexistent. Though scant, evidence-based literature presents sound findings that support the efficacy and benefit for superior patient outcomes with care provided by ophthalmictrained NPs, offering a viable, long-term solution to the need for ophthalmic medical providers across all states without mitigating patient care, emphasizing the great need for the implementation of ophthalmic NP residencies and fellowships to ensure the continuity of impeccable ophthalmic care for all populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-121
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fellowships
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Ophthalmology
  • Post-graduate training
  • Residency
  • United states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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