Failed PANRE Rates & The NCCPA

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I am very concerned about the failed PANRE numbers in 2015. Folks who have “failed PANRE” grades have been contacting the CME4LIFE board review team in record high numbers. I have emailed the NCCPA, offering to assist in the review process of the PANRE. Here is their response:

“… we appreciate your interest in and concern about the recertification process. Be assured that we are aware of the concerns that you have raised. This month we are launching a practice analysis survey. That is a large-scale (profession-wide) survey that we conduct every 5-7 years to gauge what PAs are doing day-to-day in practice. The results of that practice analysis inform changes to the content blueprints for our exams, which in turn drives the item (question) development process. In addition, this year we will use the survey results and other data to inform a holistic review of the recertification process during which we will consider a range of things, including feedback from examinees of the sort you have offered in your messages and would like to expand upon in the meeting you have requested.”

Ragan Cohn, CAE
Vice President, Governance & Communications
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

I have tremendous respect for the NCCPA and their commitment to our profession. We are in a turbulent time with the changes in our profession. I believe in the NCCPA and am confident there will be solutions that are effective.

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John Bielinski, Jr., MS PAC is a practicing emergency medicine clinician, and has been lecturing nationally for more than ten years, teaching the tactics that have proven invaluable in his career as a medical professional.
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