Medical school graduates in Missouri who have yet to pass final credentialing exams will be allowed to practice medicine as family physicians in underserved areas under a new law. The new "assistant physicians" must be directly supervised by a physician for 30 days, after which they can treat patients unsupervised and prescribe Schedule III, IV and V drugs. Assistant physicians may provide only primary care services and practice only in medically underserved or pilot project areas, according to the law.

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