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From the Editor

From the Editor, Winter 2016

Robert P. Granacher Jr., M.D., M.B.A., Editor-in-Chief, Kentucky Doc Magazine

Welcome readers to the winter edition of your LMS magazine and its focus on those treating professions working daily and side-by-side with physicians. Please find toward the end of this edition that we are presenting a cartoon contest for any physician-related contest idea. The publishing contact is john@samplerpublications.com.

Take time to acquaint yourself with the announcement of the new Physician Wellness Program offering counseling to all LMS active members. It is fully vetted, free to members and ultra-confidential. This is a superior benefit of LMS membership.

Our winter edition opens with Rice Leach MD reviewing the important contributions of RNs and APRNs to public health care for patients. Lowell Quenemoen MD follows with an interesting tabular contrast between physicians and nurse practitioners/physician assistants. This in turn leads us to Frank Kourt’s historical review of Robert Edward’s contributions to the technical science of extra-uterine human fertilization.

Bob Granacher MD recounts his interviews of Emery Wilson MD and Sam Powdrill PA-C regarding the current status and planning for UK’s Physician Assistant program. Our cover picture highlights an intriguing interview with UK nephrologist Analia Castellanos MD and her nephrologist father. This daughter-father team is leading the way to improving renal transplant outcomes in Honduras and building important UK-Honduras clinical nephrology relationships.

We have printed the prior runner-up essay by Barbara Phillips MD for your enjoyment. It is quite an interesting physician perspective. Next is Dean Janie Heath of the UK College of Nursing. Dr. Heath outlines the first-of-its-kind Doctor of Nursing Practice ( DNP ) degree offered by UK. She gives her perspectives to Dr. Granacher on the future of DNP-MD practice models going forward.
Tuyen Tran MD shares his interview with Bradford Schwartz PA-C, professor in UK’s physician assistant program. This article relates important economic issues regarding the valued added aspect of PAs. Our issue ends with Jan Ross’s enticing description of Florida’s Panama City beaches and Satu Rommi’s travelogue of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Enjoy this issue. We at LMS wish all our members a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

Robert P. Granacher Jr.,
M.D., M.B.A.



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