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  1. Hi! I just became board certified last week and am a new grad. I have racked up CME through UpToDate and was wondering if I could use CME I got during PA school for my recertification CME credits even though they were completed before I passed the PANCE. Thank you!
  2. Recert Survey We are doing a short survey on the perceived value of the current recertification process. Please take a short minute to complete this survey. Thanks.
  3. Hello, I am seeking advice for a friend who unfortunately has waited until her last elligible year (year 6) and month (Dec) it seems to take her 1st PANRE. She seems to be under the impression that if she does not pass on this one attempt, she will have to return to PA school...therefore losing current position in an ICU since shell no longer have the -C. ( I don't believe our state of residence allows PAs to work without it). When researching the NCCPA and even this board I don't see any information about what would happen in a situation like this. I don't doubt that shell pass as she was towards the top of the class and typically does well on exams...but I also find it interesting that theres no info on this anywhere. Does anyone know?
  4. I am selling my hippo account! The videos were very helpful in preparing me for my pance. There are numerous areas that the lecturers cleared up for me and taught me new ways to remember things. Their diagrams, print out slides, mnemonics, and pictures are extremely helpful as well. I felt that this really prepared me the best out of the study tools I used. Message me if you are interested in purchasing. This account does not expire until April 2018
  5. This morning I received a survey via email from the NCCPA seeking input from all of us (I assume all of us got it...maybe not) on what constitutes core knowledge. I applaud the effort and found the things suggested as possible core knowledge interesting. I have been in FP, primary care, ER and UC since I finished my Army career in 96 and about half of what was suggested isn't even something I would know about in any depth without reading and studying.There were a few ways to give your opinion from "should recognize and refer" to"should be able to identify and treat in detail" (paraphrasing) to "doesn't constitute core knowledge".With, I think 1 exception I marked everything "should recognize and refer" or "not core knowledge". In comment I politely (I think) suggested that core knowledge across the vastness of medicine was a fantasy.I had to see my urologist about 6 weeks ago and under my allergies I listed Byetta. He said "is that one of those new blood thinners?" I almost screamed "Imposter! You lack core knowledge!" Then I oxygenated my brain and realized there is really no such thing. Maybe understanding vital signs.....Continuing to hope this is the beginning of a process that will get us away from high stakes testing.
  6. I am selling my hippo account! The videos were very helpful in preparing me for my pance. There are numerous areas that the lecturers cleared up for me and taught me new ways to remember things. Their diagrams, print out slides, mnemonics, and pictures are extremely helpful as well. I felt that this really prepared me the best out of the study tools I used. Message me if you are interested in purchasing. This account does not expire until April 2018
  7. The following is an open letter to the NCCPA from PAFT after months of trying to enage in meaningful discussion and being delayed and stalled: An open letter to NCCPA August 10, 2017 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants 12000 Findley Road, Suite 100 Johns Creek, GA 30097-7409 Dear Fellow PA Leader, PAs for Tomorrow (PAFT) is an organization committed to the future of the PA profession. From inception, PAFT has sought meaningful change in a profession that has grown far beyond original expectations. As such, PAFT leadership know that NCCPA leaders are interested in many of the same ideals that advance the PA profession. In early June, we requested the opportunity to open dialogue meaningful dialogue between our organization, a request that essentially been ignored. Because of a lack of a meaningful response from the NCCPA, this letter is now an open letter. The NCCPA announcement in early June openly supporting Optimal Team Practice (OTP) is important and notably applauded by PAFT leadership. OTP originated from within PAFT, and it was incredibly gratifying to see its unanimous acceptance by the AAPA House of Delegates last month. The NCCPA’s message of support will resonate with PAFT membership and most importantly, practicing PAs. The NCCPA’s recent announcement to seek alternatives to the high-stakes PANRE by 2020 is also a welcome step to positively connecting with clinically practicing PAs. PAFT acknowledges there is no organization more acutely aware of the significance this topic holds for the profession than the NCCPA. The PA profession truly stands at a crossroads – one where we are struggling to be true to our historical roots, but also one demanding that PAs embrace a future certain of only additional change. The above two issues are key to the PA profession’s forward motion. And they are both issues that will best succeed with a unified professional direction. The PAFT stands ready to assist any organization seeking to bring the profession to a more unified position. The NCCPA has been open to input by the PA community in the past and PAFT is hopeful that our thoughts could be heard in the willing spirit they are offered. Despite many differences spanning specialty, geography and demographic, PAFT believes the PA profession, as a whole, supports the following key concepts: · The profession values the pillars of organization construct of the PA profession – the NCCPA, the AAPA, individual state and federal chapters, the PAEA, PA educators, and the ARC-PA. Each who have both shared and unique priorities. · The profession supports a NON high-stakes option for recertification. · The profession supports an “uncoupling” of recertification from licensure. · The profession supports a recertification process that reinforces and reflects PA clinical practice, whether in specialty or primary care. · The profession supports creation of a recertification method that maintains mobility between specialties, but accounts for specialty practice. · The profession supports the position that our certifying body does not lobby the legislative body in a state. · The profession would welcome any support the NCCPA could offer in the first states achieving, or trying to achieve OTP There is optimism for the future and leadership of all PA organizations have an opportunity to harness a rapidly declining momentum to create a new national conversation. As an organization, PAFT is in a unique position to offer a nuanced channel of communication and opportunity between other PA organizations as well as to the greater PA community. The PAFT supports a more positive and balanced conversation, particularly on topics specific to NCCPA and its interest in serving the public. It can be done and it should be done for the common benefit of the PA profession. PAFT has withheld formal public comment on recent NCCPA specific issues. We are not removing our request for a meeting to discuss how PAFT and NCCPA can work together to affect positive change for our profession. PAFT’s leadership intends to make public commentary in the near future and would prefer to do so after conversation with NCCPA leadership. To best understand the NCCPA’s perspective and to impart a clear and accurate message to the greater PA community, we prefer to do so with NCCPA input. In an effort to respect open dialogue, we also extend a good faith effort to offer our public commentary on only topics and information appropriate for public conversation. Sincerely, PAFT Board of Directors Frank Crosby, President
  8. So I used Google and a burner email to download the 2015 tax returns for the NCCPA (for free). Here it is. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6eKmysujfT7LW9OaEFwTVQwbDA/view This is not my field, but maybe we can crowdsource this. Based on a very brief, cursory look at their balance sheet, it looks as though it's a lot more lucrative than we expected. - They pull in about $16M / year. (broken down by type of exam fee, which was interesting) - some of their expenses and salaries are very vague but they claim about $13M. - salaries were interesting - They have about $12M invested somewhere earning respectable returns - The two organizations - PA health whatever and PA history whatever, look straight up hinky to me...check them out on NCCPA "about us " website. http://www.nccpa.net/FoundationPage what do these organizations do? well, nothing really, they "value" things and "respect" other things. These verbs are not jobs or functions that justify you spending time on them...just saying. (What do you do? I'm a mechanic, I fix cars. What about you? Oh, I "value" and "respect" things. ) Download, read, Discuss.
  9. Dear PA Student or PA Grad, After personally tutoring PA students matriculating in PA schools for 2 years, I began tutoring graduates who were about to take the PANCE for the first time. 100% of the first five I tutored scored high. And since 2012, I have helped 52 students pass the PANCE and PANRE. Of those 3 first time takers, 100% passed. Of those who had failed once, 97% passed. Of those who failed twice, 93% passed. And of those who failed three times, 91% passed after taking my course. Those are awesome results. Now I am pleased to offer my complete personal PANCE/PANRE tutoring course online. This course has taken me 5 years to develop. It is a complete NCCPA Blueprint oriented PANCE, PANRE tutoring course with 1,200 Power Point slides. This course has been used by students still in school with great success because the student can pick and choose the Topics and Systems the student wants to review. This is my complete ‘one on one’ tutoring course online with text and audio, at a fraction of what I charged for personal tutoring. The audio alone lasts for 20 hours. I encourage you to visit my website at www.PrecipioLearning.com and ask any questions you wish to ask me. Most Sincerely, John Athas, M.D.
  10. Don't wait until it's too late to let them know how you feel. Every opinion count! "PA Colleagues: I am writing today to ask for your feedback on a new re-certification exam model being considered by the NCCPA Board of Directors. We developed this model in answer to the question: How can we maintain the generalist nature of the PA-C credential through a re-certification exam model that better reflects the current state of PA practice in which almost 75% of PAs are practicing outside of primary care? The model is explained within the survey we are now asking you to complete. (You can also read about it online at www.nccpa.net/panre-model.) As a profession, we are at a critical juncture in our history – an opportunity to position ourselves for the future. We ask that you carefully consider how the profession and our patients would benefit from a more meaningful, relevant recertification process. In the end, the credibility of each of us stands on the reputation and shoulders of the PA profession at large. Near the end, this survey asks whether you prefer the proposed model over the current one. Like the survey we conducted about PANRE last fall, it also elicits your views on the individual elements of this model and underlying issues and concerns – all feedback that will inform our discussion of this model as well as broader discussion about what matters most to certified PAs. We want to get this right. Our profession and patients deserve just that. Please complete this survey as soon as you can and no later than March 10: Click here to take the survey Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser: https://nccpa.co1.qualtrics.com/SE?Q_DL=1BaqxMmjoSUflyd_ahpVTyCMypBfMPj_MLRP_1CcsbhLbSIGBpxb&Q_CHL=email With thanks, Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C NCCPA President/CEO PS - As a PA myself who has been certified for decades, who has worked in multiple specialties, who has faced the challenge of taking PANRE after several years out of clinical practice, who still has to take and pass PANRE just like you do... I ask you to give this its due consideration. I truly believe it represents a better way for certified PAs and for those who rely on the PA-C credential."
  11. How to deal with excessive TEST ANXIETY I am a high stress / high anxiety test taker. I took and passed the PANRE in 8/2014. Here is some of the research I did to help deal with the stress. A study in the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment compared thirty five university students with ADHD and one hundred and eighty five typical peers on measures of speed, test anxiety, reading comprehension, vocabulary, test taking skills and time management. Surprisingly there was no significant differences between students with and without ADHD outside test anxiety. There was significant differences with anxiety during, and perceptions of, test taking. It appears that students with ADHD perform similarly to peers on timed reading tests, although they perception of performance was less and worried significantly about their performance. The take home message is that if you suffer from test taking anxiety it is important not to label yourself, drop the negative thoughts. The label is a cognitive disorder and will do more harm than good. Strategies for overcoming test anxiety. 1. Be prepared i.e. Joe’s @PABoardReview.org or other accredited test prep. programs, PANCE/PANRE review books. 2. Practice test questions in duration and complexity that mimic the PANCE/PANRE 3. Meditation. The PA Program @Touro University Nevada teach their students Koru “Jon Kabat-Zinn” University of Mass Mindfulness for stress relief. Reference: Test Anxiety and College Students With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment September 1, 2014 32: 548-557
  12. Joe was recently at Touro University in NV teaching a PANCE preparation course. One evening we conducted and recorded our first live question and answer webinar. The webinar was recorded and can be found at: http://www.paboardreview.org/categories/blog LIVE ONLINE with PA Board Review Many of the questions that are posed on this site were asked and answered. Joe gave some excellent insight. A few of the questions that were asked and answered are: 1. What should I do if I failed the PANCE? I went in with confidence, having studied a bunch. 2. Please walk me through a sample vignette question and how you would attack and answer the question. This is a sample criteria that was presented the NCCPA https://www.nccpa.net/PDFs/Nephrology%20Critiques.pdf 3. What questions would you study in order to prepare for the PANCE? 4. Do you think buying the NCCPA practice questions would be beneficial? If you are interested in attending our next live question and answer webinar in two weeks send me a message and I will get you an invite via gotomeeting. Wes
  13. http://www.paboardreview.org PANCE/PANRE My Names is Wesley Norwood, a certified Physician Assistant practicing Allergy and immunology in Utah. I had to re-certify this past year and was faced with the challenge of having to do so with a very busy schedule. I purchased an on-line course. I purchased practice questions. I bought a review book. I was putting in persistent time in studying for the PANRE but felt like I was retaining much of the information I had reviewed. I ended up calling Joe Gilboy an instructor who I met in 2008 when he was hired by Touro University Nevada to provide a three day PANCE course to our graduating class. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine for more then twenty years and teaching for over fifteen. Joe is old school and has been traveling to more than fifteen different schools throughout the country providing a PANCE/PANRE course. I partnered with Joe and made his lectures available online. PABoardReview.org Course will include: • A One Year Subscription to our services • Over 400 test questions • One hard copy of the latest PA Board Review Book* (US residents only). • Access to updated digital PDF copies of the PA Board Review Book • LIVE webinar's by Joe and guests reviewing concepts and material. • Updates to content as the changing landscape of the PANCE / PANRE evolves. Joe is backed by a team of IT and PA-C’s professionals who have two goals in mind; • First, to help you prepare for, and pass the PANRE/PANCE examination(s). • Second, to aid you in reaching your goals as a successful PA. http://www.paboardreview.org Watch the NEW Hepatitis - B Video ________________________________________ Joe Gilboy reviews Hepatitis B in this highly sought after segment of the PA Board Review Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our services: Marc Zabo 801-648-9848 Marc@PABoardReview.org Wes Norwood 435-669-4289 Wes@PABoardReview.org Joe Gilboy Joe@PABoardReview.org
  14. I am posting this under the PA General Discussion but it should be of great interest to Pre PAs and PA-S also. I just came across this link to the NCCPA publication with the Topic Title. http://www.nccpa.net/Upload/PDFs/2013StatisticalProfileofCertifiedPhysicianAssistants-AnAnnualReportoftheNCCPA.pdf The report is full of fascinating information such as: Density of PAs by State (Lowest in Arkansas with 8.2/100,000 population, highest in Alaska with 65.6/100,000 population. Interesting because Alaska is mostly rural and has insufficient MDs. Great place to go for younger or more adventurous PAs. Notably, states that aren't PA friendly seem to to be low density. Distribution by Age and Gender: PAs are becoming increasingly female (no, the guys aren't getting sex reassignment surgery.) 34% of all PAs are male but in the under 40 group, less than 8% are male. Educational Profile: Approx 31% of PAs hold a Bachelor's, Associate or Certificate degree as their highest degree. Over 66% have masters degrees and less than 3% hold PhDs, EdDs, moved on to advanced professional degrees (MD, DO, etc) or hold other unrelated advanced degrees. Current Practice Area:FM/GP=20.5%, Surgical=19.1%, EM=13.9% .....OB/GYN=1.5%, Urology=1.5%. see report for more detail on other specialties. Lots of other good stuff like strength of the job market for new grads, reasons why PAs drop out of clinical work or change clinical positions. Basically, all visual charts and graphs with text boxes to show highlights. Unfortunately, no analysis to explain distributions
  15. I was wondering if I can get some feedback from you guys regarding if I should apply this cycle or not. I've completed my GRE, I received a 156 math, 150 verbal, and 4.5 essay I have three rec letters: one from the head of a lab where I did my phlebotomy internship, another doctor who's now a teacher and a PA that i've shadowed. What's making me doubt my chances is HCE. I've volunteered at an ER for 130 hrs and I completed my phlebotomy internship for 120 hrs. This is all I have when it comes to working with patient or being in a hospital. I've tutored kids/adults for years in different things but I'm assuming that doesn't help that much. The main issue is I can't find a job/volunteering opportunity with my certificate. I still have to take the exam to be licensed. I completed my internship last month and haven't had any luck with finding a job or a volunteer position. I've applied to over 10, with no positive response and am still applying. Should i still apply (December is the deadline for the universities that I want to get into) or wait until next year and possibly do another program (CNA) to get more quick exposure? What do you guys suggest? Thanks
  16. I just realized that NCCPA serves and protects the public from PA's ....all this time I thought they served and protected the pa....I didnt know. Well it is stated in their mission /purpose statement as such. So who serves and protects the PA, APPA????? I looked for AAPA mission statement , they do not have a mission statement. So now it makes sense why PA's have tougher times ahead to maintain their certification with more and stricter requirements and are lurking in the remote past while NP have zoomed by having so much more because of having mega support. So why not PA's? Another note, I noticed the wording when someone looks up the certification for PA's on NCCPA website, it suggests that the PA may not have maintained their certification consecutively, even if they have never lost their certification....that is not good to leave a reader with that negative thought or question......have you noticed???? That is really unfair to the PA who has managed to keep his/her certification.
  17. Hello, I just found out I lost my NCCPA certification because I didn't log all of CME in time. I had 2hrs of Cat I CME to log, but forgot before the new year. I logged onto NCCPA and found out I lost my certification. I am beyond embarrassed and devastated I had to tell my employment and now they're not sure they will even let me work without it. I know in MI it's not required for my license, but it may be required for the hospital I work at. I filed an "exemption to policy" with the NCCPA, but they have 30 days to get back with me. If they decide not to overturn their decision I have to the PANRE to get re-certified and possibly before I can work again. I am absolutely sick to my stomach about this. Has this happened to anyone else? Any words of wisdom?
  18. I looked a lot for things like this when studying/stressing about pance..so figured I would post to help others. I studied using the green/black AAPA book- mostly just scanning topics I was unsure of. My school also offers a 4 day review. AAPA pretest 65% Post-test 75% Packrat 68-79% NCCPA Practice- overall: right in the middle of the high BUT borderline in all subjects (just different ones on each of the two test) except cardiology and plum (always High) PANCE 600 Hope this can ease some fears, happy studying :)
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