PAs (Physician Assistants)

New PANRE Model from the NCCPA Concerns Some PAs

In the early part of November 2015, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) selected a new Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) model for further exploration and public comment. The NCCPA believes that the new “two-component” model, consisting of the usual secure exam plus...
| December 17th, 2015| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 58 Comments|

Physician Assistant Requirements: Why You Need Self-Assessment Credits and How to Earn Them

Becoming a physician assistant (PA) requires intensive training, plenty of opportunities to interact with patients, lots of study, and, of course, certification. However, initial certification is not the end of the story. To maintain excellence, you must maintain your certification by taking part in continuous professional development...
| October 29th, 2015| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 1 Comment|

Celebrating PA Week

More than 100,000 Physician Assistants (PAs) currently practice medicine in the United States, providing care to countless patients in a vast array of settings. Here at NEJM Knowledge+, we salute Physician Assistants and the vital role they play in health care today. As part of National PA...
| October 8th, 2015| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 8 Comments|

Understanding the NCCPA Blueprint for PANCE/PANRE

Before we begin our exploration of the NCCPA blueprint for PANCE/PANRE, it’s important to understand that no blueprint is exhaustive, and no one can know exactly which questions will appear on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) or the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE). Introduction...
| June 4th, 2015| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 0 Comments|

Changes in NCCPA Certification Maintenance Requirements

Physician Assistants have been required to adhere to a certification maintenance process for more than 30 years. Over time, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification maintenance requirements have been amended to reflect new mandates, advances in technology, and the profession’s embrace of lifelong...
| May 21st, 2015| PAs (Physician Assistants)| 0 Comments|