February Comments from PAs to NCCPA

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Florida

“I have been a practicing PA for 15 years and have been very pleased with our current certification and recertification process. Our current model has allowed me to practice medicine within three different specialties…”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Florida

“I just completed the second survey NCCPA sent to PAs. I noticed the second survey was skewed in favor of the changes NCCPA would like to make. You really did not have an option to disagree with most of the questions …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Virginia

“I am writing this email to you in regards to your proposed new model for the PANRE. I have held Certification with NCCPA for the previous 16 years. During that time, I have practiced in many roles. I have re-certified twice during my career and am about to recertify again, a very time-consuming and costly endeavor which has not helped my patient care in any way …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in North Carolina

“I have some real concerns about changing the current model of the PANRE. From my vantage, keeping the essential components of the PANRE and transitioning it to a 10-year cycle was an excellent change …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Florida

“I wanted to send a separate email after filling out the survey because I found the survey very bias in the beginning. I skipped several of the questions because of how the questions were asked …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in New Hampshire

“I am fairly new to PA practice and don’t have any experience with the PANRE as of yet. I am responding to this survey from the perspective that I became a PA in large part for the lateral mobility in medical practice …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Virginia

“I understand the basics of these changes which are: (correct me if I’m wrong). The current PANRE at the end of the 10 year cycle would be eliminated …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Pennsylvania

“This survey was not well thought out. I believe the questions are self-serving to the NCCPA leading to the answers you want to hear …”

 

To NCCPA From a United States Army-Retired, Multi-Specialty PA in Georgia

“I am a practicing PA in Georgia and have worked in more than one specialty. I have been an NCCPA certified PA for over 20 years …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Emergency Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery

“I am a PA who works in two specialties … I am concerned that with the proposed changes to the PANRE, I will be forced to choose one specialty over the other for my recertification track.”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Washington

“A bit off-subject, but germane to the topic, is the experience of an ARNP friend of mine. She retired finally at age 68 and then got bored and was asked to come back on a part-time basis …”

 

To NCCPA from a PA in Florida

“It seems that we are only being given discrete options from which to choose regarding re-examination. But is re-examination really the only option?”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in Dermatology

“I am writing this email to you in regards to your proposed new model for the PANRE … I have re-certified twice during my career and found that the current model of PANRE is quite satisfactory at measuring my knowledge of general medicine as well as that of the specialty in which I practice …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA Clinical Director

“I agree that measuring and validating initial and ongoing clinical competency is important, however I respectfully do not agree with the proposal. The survey is not designed to properly measure feedback but rather channels you to arrive at predetermined conclusions …”

 

To NCCPA From a PA in West Virginia

“The current premise that testing for re-certification is necessary is outdated. There are NO other comparable professions that are mandated to take re-certification as a requirement of licensure …”