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HOD Endorses AAPA Board’s Principles on NCCPA’s Proposed Recertification Requirements

On the final day of its 2016 meeting, the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) expressed its opposition to the National Commission on Certification of PAs’ (NCCPA) proposed changes to the PA recertification process, overwhelmingly passing the AAPA Board-submitted resolution (B-01), “Elimination of High Stakes Recertification Testing for PAs.” The NCCPA’s proposed new model would include in the recertification process a proctored, closed-book exam in one of 10-12 specialty areas as well as periodic take-home exams during the 10-year recertification cycle.

The SDPA’s HOD delegates voted in support of the resolution as directed by the SDPA’s Board of Directors.

“This is a resolution the SDPA Board of Directors fully supports. The SDPA’s own poll of PA members shows that 77% of dermatology PA respondents are opposed to NCCPA’s proposed changes to PANRE. The SDPA remains concerned by the conclusions NCCPA has drawn from their research on best practices for Maintenance of Certification as well as their polling techniques which did not allow for a more open ended response. Our hope is that the AAPA’s resolution sends a loud and clear message to the NCCPA that they need to be more inclusive and open with all stakeholders on future changes to the PANRE model,” said SDPA President, Matthew Brunner.

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Posted: May 19, 2016

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