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  1. mandrew1

    2019 Panre

    I took the exam yesterday. Forget the NCCPA blueprint, the test was mostly pediatrics and women's health. If I passed it is not because I knew the material, it's because I guessed directly. After 25 years practicing, I've taken nothing away from this experience. It doesn't test my knowledge, and it certainly isn't relevant to my practice. I don't think the NCCPA should post a blueprint if the test doesn't reflect what they publish. Horrible experience yesterday!
  2. I have been practicing as a PA for 25 years. I just took the PANRE yesterday (I am still on the 6 year cycle). I took a one week review course, studies with ROSH review, and used another study guide. According to the NCCPA, the "blueprint" for the PANRE is: 13% Cardio, 11% GI, 9% Ortho, and 10% Pulmonary (43%!). My test appeared to be 60% Women's health and pediatrics! Every question started with a "3 month old..." or "a 26 year-old female with irregular menses..." I've never worked in either area. There was only one question about a heart murmur , MVP, and only four EKGs. No questions on BP control or meds, no questions on lipids, no questions on ACS, not one question on congenital defects, and maybe one question on Heart failure . I know I have to suck it up, but this is very frustrating! I would rather the NCCPA not post a blueprint, than have the blueprint be so inaccurate! Very frustrated with this whole re-certification process. Even if I passed, it's not because I learned anything or know the material, it's shear luck!
  3. Click on the "Articles" tab at the top. There is an article directly related to this question.
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  5. I would strongly recommend NOT writing in the passive voice, use active voice. Instead of "The book was found." write "I found the book." Hope that helps
  6. When you interview for a job, you want to stress in the interview that you have all of the qualities the company is looking for in an ideal applicant. Usually, the qualities/skills are noted in the job description. Same for the PA school interview. There are certain qualities that all programs look for in PA school applicants/PAs; empathy, community service, diversity, team work, compassion, ability to handle stress, communication skills, working with undeserved populations and much more. I would investigate the program and look at their mission statement and values. See what qualities they value most and think about a job that requires those same qualities. I hope that helps!
  7. I would say that one of the most important choices you make when choosing someone to write a LOR is that the person actually knows you well and can comment , specifically, on your qualities that would make a great PA. It appears this person doesn't know you that well. I wouldn't worry too much , however, I'm sure this happens all of the time and unfortunately this is something that is out of your control.
  8. There is a cost for the hiring of a physician to be your collaborator and sometimes that cost is obscene.

  9. I owned my own practice for 8 years and simply hired a physician to be my Medical Director. You don't have to be a NP to do this. By the time you get through PA school, PAs are likely to have Full Practice Authority anyhow, and won't need to work under the license of a supervising physician.
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  11. Hmm, I don't know about this "Junior Doctor" thing mentioned by eagleray. I certainly didn't mean to give off that Vibe. I actually owned my own medical weight loss clinic for eight years and hired a physician to work for me! However, I do have some recommendations for questions to ask. Remember, you are a consumer. You are potentially going to invest two, or more , years of your life, and over $100,000 of your money on PA school. It's time to turn the table and play the role of interviewer here. Ask challenging questions. 1. What are the top three qualities you look for in the most competitive applicants? 2. What type of applicants are most successful in this program? 3. If you could describe the culture of this program in three words, what would they be? Once you know the qualities the program values, and the qualities accepted applicants possess, you can now infuse those qualities into your answers for any other interviews that day. You can "Tailor" your answers particular to the program where you're interviewing!
  12. Go to the articles section on the PA forum and read the article on this topic.
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