I took the exam on Friday and scored very well. I thought the primary care questions were good questions although some were a bit tricky. I scored a 644 and I work in interventional radiology. I studied from a USMLE book that has very precise, quick summaries of most topics from the NCCPA blue print and some nice cram pages in the back and also did practice tests from the newer and an older version of the AAPA book. I also used some notes I made from when I took the PANCE. I have heard from many who have said this test was not like the others and they were unsure they if they passed or not. This was my first recert so I have nothing to compare it to. I think they key is practice tests and not over studying because then you get burnt out. I took a week to study after work. I felt this was plenty and I was actually getting burned out on reading after just a few days. Good luck to everyone taking it soon!
Thanks for posting that info on NC...I do think you need to be certified by the NCCPA to keep your licensure though. Page 95 states you have to have current certification. As far as I know you have to maintain certification. I was audited and I had to show my current certification. I did not read through the whole thing but this is what I did read:
21 NCAC 32S .0216 CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
(a) A physician assistant must complete at least 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every two years,at least 40 hours of which must be American Academy of Physician Assistants Category I CME. CMEdocumentation must be available for inspection by the board or its agent upon request. The two year period shallrun from the physician assistant's birthday, beginning in the year 1999, or the first birthday following initiallicensure, whichever occurs later.(b) A physician assistant who possesses a current certification with the National Commission on Certification ofPhysician Assistants (NCCPA) will be deemed in compliance with the requirement of Paragraph (a) of this Rule.
The physician assistant must attest on his or her annual renewal that he or she is currently certified by the NCCPA.