Jump to content
pacpa

PANRE focused exam Primary care or Adult medicine???

Recommended Posts

I am in my 6th year, taking PANRE for first time  this year. I am not sure which focused exam to pick. I work in an outpatient Internal medicine office, with no pediatric population. However I have no experience with inpatient/hospitalist part.     I am not sure if one test is more difficult or so. 

Which one is a better choice of both? 

Thank you  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good Luck!

 

I took my first PANRE in November.  I work in GYN and came from a family medicine background, so I chose the primary care exam.  Pediatrics was definitely well represented on that exam, from infectious disease, to fractures, to immunization schedules, to anticipatory guidance.  Inpatient medicine was represented as well (which I have never done), but thankfully, I passed with a margin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm just starting to study for the PANRE like this month. I work in Physical Med/ Ortho and Urgent Care with some Primary Care Experience. I'm using the Davis Book, PANCE Prep and Pearls and the Reg Comp Review for P.As book. Debating on if I should drop the cash for CME Review course and take the Pre-Test on NCCPA website. Anyone that has passed have any prep advice or test tips  let me know. Thank you

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The adult medicine and family care is the same PANRE actually, with a difference.

Here's the only difference:

For the adult medicine, NCCPA takes a PANRE (family care PANRE) exam and selects 40% of the peds questions and replace them with adult questions. That's it.

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you guys! I took the Primary Care PANRE, passed!  I used Babcock O' Connell book, which was a great help. 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Took the PANRE a few weeks ago and PASSED (THANK GOD). I know a few other P.As that have taken the test ( passed as well) and we all came to the same  conclusion. The PANRE Adult Medicine / Primary Care Exam is about 30-40% Peds. Don't waste your time studying immunizations because none of us got any questions regarding them. Know your Cardio, Pulmonary and G.I like its air and STUDY PEDS!!!

What was very helpful for me was the Davis Book ( do the questions in the book and on the CD, double check the antibiotics). I swear a few of the questions were very similar and reading the explanations a few times was extremely helpful in answering the questions. 

Also the PANCE/PANRE Pearls and Listening to Brian Wallace's Podcast. If you can, get Brian Wallace's Final Step package as well. 

Don't bother paying for the practice test from the NCCPA site. It was a total waste. 

DO QUESTIONS QUESTIONS QUESTIONS!!!!! 

On the exam answer EVERY question. Don't spend alot of time on question where you have no clue. Guess and move on. 

Last. You will feel like you failed, this seems to be the norm. It takes about 7+ business days to get the results and whatever you do, DO NOT check your review material after the exam trying to figure out what you got correct or incorrect. It will drive you insane and cause instant depression. Remember you worked hard, you deserve it, you earned it!!! 

Good Luck all and Congrats to those that passed. 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gemini: I just finished applying to TAKE the PANRE thru NCCPA. On the 3 choices, it had Primary Care, Adult  and Surgical as my choices. I chose Adult since I have been at IM practice the last 3 years. Hopefully there will be no peds on this one. Thanks for the input. I will look up the Davis Book. will try to get Brian wallace's podcast and Pearls.

This will be my 4th time to take it but I still have test anxiety... bummer.

On 2/8/2017 at 10:18 PM, Noreaster said:

The adult medicine and family care is the same PANRE actually, with a difference.

Here's the only difference:

For the adult medicine, NCCPA takes a PANRE (family care PANRE) exam and selects 40% of the peds questions and replace them with adult questions. That's it.

Can I omit studying the peds section completely or are there still a percentage of peds questions??

Thanks in advance.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ellee:

I honestly do not know anyone whom took the Surgical PANRE. As for anxiety ,I have it as well. Took the PANCE twice because of it. I also have a friend who took the PANCE 3 times also due to anxiety and passed on the 4th try. I believe they went on a Beta Blocker to help. Not suggesting medications at all but do what you need to  do to just relax once you get in there. 

My method was this. I stopped reading 2 weeks before the and exam and used something with just key points like whats included in Brian Wallaces material.  Ex Bacterial Vaginosis = Clue Cells tx Metronidazole. Do not try to memorize everything because it is nearly impossible. Know what you know and just do question after question after question. 

During the actual test READ the questions completely. Either you will immediately know the answer, you can eliminate answers or you have no clue. If you have no clue do not waste your time, guess and move on. If you get a few question where you have no clue DO NOT WORRY OR FREAK OUT.  My understanding is some of the questions are test questions. So if you get a zebra or something makes you say WTF to yourself it may be a test question so don't stress out. Don't get me wrong I had a few Zebra's such as Takotsubo's cardiomyopathy but at the end of the day know the main topics like the back of your hand. 

Coming from someone who also suffers from test anxiety I know it's easier said than done to tell you to simply relax. But that's what you have to do once you sit down in that seat and the test begins. You will be ok and remember, you do not need to get every question correct. YOU GOT THIS!!

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Gemini! I am in the process of listening to Brian Wallace podcasts and may still sign up for ROSH review. Thanks again... scheduling to take in about 4-6 weeks.

 

 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Ellee said:

Thanks Gemini! I am in the process of listening to Brian Wallace podcasts and may still sign up for ROSH review. Thanks again... scheduling to take in about 4-6 weeks.

You will be fine 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Similar Content

    • By taecson
      I don't really comfortable speaking this frankly to my colleagues. None of my close friends or family are in the medical field so they don't truly understand.  I am still a somewhat new PA and I am already considering a new career path. I went to PA school 2 years after graduating college, so I don't have any experience in any other fields besides healthcare. But I've been having serious thoughts about quitting my job and quitting the medical field altogether. A little background about me, I am in my late 20s and I have been a practicing PA for about 4 years. During this time I have been at the same practice, a specialty and internal medicine office. There are several physicians, but I am employed by one. I see patients in the clinic, in several acute care hospitals, and at nursing homes. Although I like the variety and the types of patients I see are very interesting to me, there are downsides to the job that just become more apparent every day. I work M-F 9-5 and 2 weekends per month. I have to take round at the hospitals and take calls on those 2 weekends, plus take calls 3 weekdays out of the week. I often work 3 weekends a month, and occasionally even 4 when my contract technically says 2. 
      My supervising physician is retirement age and he refuses to retire and instead delegates more and more tasks to me. For example, sometimes if he is too tired / lazy he will tell the staff to just transfer patient appointments to my schedule. Patients are understandably upset when they made an appointment with the doctor they've known for years and get switched to the schedule of a PA they don't know. I feel like "as the PA", and an employee of the doctor, I pretty much get saddled with all the grunt work and undesirable tasks that he doesn't want to do. I know in other settings PAs are treated with a little more respect and not just given the busy work to do. There are some upsides, I do like my SP, we work well together, and I feel like I can honestly and freely discuss patients with him without judgment. I also know that he may retire in a few years so this job won't be permanent either. I don't know if getting a new job will help.
      I applied for two separate jobs that I did not get. One was a family practice M-F with no call/weekends and the other was an allergy practice M-F with no call/weekends. Getting rejected for both of those jobs really discouraged me and made me feel trapped at this job. It won't be easy to find a new position.
      I get frustrated with patients too. It just feels like there are so many patients who are med seeking. Some providers in my area were recently sentenced to prison time for overprescribing narcotics. They were reckless with their prescribing and I am quite careful, but the fact that jail time is in the realm of possibility for our profession constantly looms over my head. 
      Patients also often want to be on disability when they clearly do not need to. There are so many patients wanting DMV disability placards and getting irate when I tell them they don't qualify. In addition, patients whose licenses get revoked want me to sign off on them being safe to drive when there was a clear reason the licenses were revoked. Again, I am on the receiving end of the brunt of their frustration and anger when I say they need a specialist clearance. There is just so much liability in our career field and so much stress involved. Liability is always there medically too. YOUR decision can affect whether a patient LIVES or DIES and it's so much stress that I have actually developed my own health issues secondary to the stress. 
      I have had a patient stalk me and become obsessed with me. He wrote me unhinged letters and made many calls to the office describing my car, etc. We had to get the police involved and I considered filing a legal restraining order. I know this is possible in any profession, but it feels like healthcare can be personal and intimate and patients can get the wrong idea. I again contemplated quitting the profession at this time.
      I have looked into other careers such as being a pharmaceutical representative, working in research, being an accountant, ANYTHING other than this. I have contemplated quitting and just living off my savings until I figure it out. I have talked to some colleagues to an extent, many are much older and have been PAs longer than me. I sometimes question if I'm just being an entitled millennial who wants life-work balance early on in their career until I realize that it's not normal or common to work 24-25 days in a row. It's not normal to only get 4 days off a month (if that. Some days I would get 2 days off a month.) I actually finally told my SP I was considering leaving because I was too burnt out. He trivialized my concerns and said "Why are you burnt out? You're young. I have been doing this for 40 years." Which is true, but this wasn't the life I envisioned for myself. After talking, he did acknowledge my concerns, and he hired an NP who can help me with the workload and guaranteed that I will only have to work the 2 weekends a month as outlined in my contract and I did get a raise. (I still feel like I'm underpaid which is a whole separate story.)
      Sorry for the essay, I just really needed somewhere to air out my frustrations with other people in my career field. Thanks in advance for reading.
    • By madmoneyz
      Items for sale! Helped me pass my PANRE exam! PM for prices. 
      CME4Life Flash Card for sale!! Brand new unopen 
      CME4Life PA prep: Janus 
      CME4Life PA Prep: Timeline Tool for PANCE/PANRE Review
      CME4life PA Prep: Medical Triads
      Pance prep Pearl 1st edition 
      A comprehensive Review For the certification and Recertification examination For Physician Assistants 5th edition
       
      Good Luck with your studying
    • Guest JohnT
      By Guest JohnT
      Am willing to spend $200 for subscription
    • By rickgregory
      OK. So has anyone started the alternative PANRE? It opened yesterday. How was the difficulty of the questions? Similar to PAkRat, the AAPA review book...Harder?
      I took the PANRE 2 times already, it seemed difficult but passed both times. How about the alternative? The no studying thing make me WAY nervous.
      Let's not be specific to what questions...Would not want to mess the pilot up!
    • By Jean16
      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?
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to the Physician Assistant Forum! This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn More