Good Day, Dawn,
I am writing to you after submitting my survey and speaking to many PAs about the proposed PANRE changes.
I must alert you, if you are not already aware, PAs are very disturbed and downright angry with the NCCPA.
I must agree with them.
The purpose of the PANRE is to promote continuing education, for the purpose of maintaining quality care to the public. PAs have done that well for more than 50 years.
PAs do not need a burdensome test, along with additional constraints on their personal time or time with patients, because of hours and hours of testing.
In these times, at home or online CME/Self-Assessment/PI can be performed in lieu of a PANRE exam or the proposed model.
NCCPA-registered PAs could complete online, pre-determined core areas with a specified number of modules to be completed in a particular time frame (i.e.10 years). This could be done at the PA’s convenience and could easily be implemented in place of the proposed model for PANRE.
NO specialty testing should ever be demanded for generalist trained PAS, but only offered as a personal option. (Rational: within each practice, the same subspecialty is often very different, so specialty exam mandates are not going to have a favorable response from most PAs). In addition, employers generally have annual performance assessments of a PA at their job, which further negates the mandate of a specialty portion to any exam model.
In addition, specialty exams could be misunderstood, and might be used as a mechanism to deny entry for a PA to a new area of practice in their career. (I myself have practiced in seven different areas in my 36 years as a PA).
Mandating any test at a CENTER is antiquated and burdensome and should be abandoned completely.
PAs are questioning conflict of interest at the NCCPA because of these ongoing proposed changes and additional fees. They see the NCCPA as making busy work to keep the organization relevant, rather than make this an easy process for PAs to assure the public of the quality care they can provide.
PAs are so disgusted with this ongoing torment from NCCPA. They are recommending friends and inquiring students to become NPs and NOT PAs! NPs are supported by a strong nursing lobby and this ongoing testing burden does not exist for the NP graduate.
If NPs keep growing and PAs do not, this is NOT good for the PA profession!
Please consider what I am saying and bring it forward. I plan on asking NJSSPA to have this brought forward at AAPA HOD.