PAs (Physician Assistants)

How to Become a Physician Assistant (PA-C)

Choosing one’s path to become a physician assistant (PA-C) is no simple undertaking, mainly because there are several valid routes, all of which converge and culminate with passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). While one candidate might enter a baccalaureate PA program right out of...
| June 19th, 2018| Learning| 3 Comments|

The Book and The Novelty

Editor’s Note: This post was previously published in In Practice, which is hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine and NEJM Journal Watch. In 1985, Frederic Friedel destroyed the game of chess. At least that’s what some purists think. Friedel rocked the chess world when he...
| July 14th, 2016| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 5 Comments|

PI-CME: Matching Your Needs to Your Project

In 2014, newly certified PAs and practicing PAs who had completed their 6-year certification maintenance cycles began transitioning to the new certification maintenance cycles established by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Under this process, PA certification maintenance takes place over a 10-year...
| May 13th, 2016| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 0 Comments|

What Did You Expect?

Editor’s Note: This post was previously published in In Practice, which is hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine and NEJM Journal Watch. One night in the early 1960s, psychology researcher Robert Rosenthal snuck into his own laboratory. He crept along rows of cages filled with...
| March 3rd, 2016| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 0 Comments|

Be a Quality Preceptor: Our Legacy Depends On It

Editor’s Note: This post about PA education was previously published in In Practice, which is hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine and NEJM Journal Watch. Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C practices neurosurgery in Boston, MA. In 2010, there were 146 accredited physician assistant (PA) programs in...
| January 21st, 2016| Learning| 0 Comments|