Historically, PA classes and exams are replete with “buzzwords”—key words or phrases that are associated with particular diagnoses. And the thinking is, if you know the buzzwords, you’ll score higher on your exams. Meanwhile, there is talk that the boards are moving away from including buzzwords in their questions. Whether this is the case or […]
I graduated from Clarkson University’s Physician Assistant program in May 2018 and am a Family Care Physician Assistant in a small, rural, underserved Upstate New York town. I took my PANCE 2 weeks after graduation and PASSED, so I started working on July 1st. All of my friends who graduated the year before me said […]
Nobody gets to be a certified PA just for having good bedside manners. If you don’t practice, you don’t pass your PA exams; as a historically poor test taker, this meant months of anxiety and stress leading up to the PANCE. I felt that no matter what method I was using, I couldn’t be sure […]
Back in January, the NCCPA released an updated Content Blueprint. There were significant changes in this update. One of the consequences of altering a blueprint is often a more challenging exam. Scores typically decline for a while but gradually improve once the blueprint changes are digested and the test-taking community gets a better grasp of […]
The Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE): the word itself will send the average PA student into instant tachycardia. It’s what you’ve been told about, taught about, and worked for since the very first day of PA school. To add to the stress, you also know that the past 24+ months of hard work and […]
Preparing for the PANCE exam can be a daunting task. The best way to succeed is smart, focused preparation. When studying for the certification exam, the first thing to do is to identify your weaknesses. There are several ways to do that. The NCCPA offers a 120-question exam for $50. It is designed like the […]
This article is going to show two very easy ways to help increase your PANCE or PANRE score by 100 points. I’ve written about this topic before but there is new information that I want to share. While there is no magic pill or wand to achieve this, these two techniques are the most useful and not difficult to implement and only require a little of your time. This means anyone can take advantage of them. The first tactic is to use a system over a couple of months to identify what you don;t know. Sounds easy, right? The key is going to be to go through a curriculum and identify what you don’t know – not what you are weak at – but what you don’t know. The second strategy is to take advantage of human error. Tests are written by humans, of course, and humans make errors. This article will show you 5 very easy techniques to narrow down an answer choice to either the correct answer or to a 50/50 probability – even without knowing anything about the topic. By combining these two strategies, you’ll be able to increase your PANCE or PANRE score by 10 points – which could be the difference between passing or failing. Let’s get started.
I recently found out that I passed my PANCE exam on the first attempt! Studying for the PANCE exam doesn’t begin one month or even six months in advance. It begins the day you start PA school. Everything you learn in didactic classes and during clinical year is all preparation for the PANCE exam. When […]
The Rosh Review PANCE Qbank is updated to reflect the 2019 NCCPA PANCE Content Blueprint changes. Back in March 2018, we posted this update. Let’s review the 2019 NCCPA PANCE Content Blueprint changes: Summary of changes Categories that INCREASED Endocrine system: Now 7% (was 6%) Hematologic system: Now 5% (was 3%) Infectious diseases: Now 6% (was 3%) Renal: Now 5% […]
Before I even started my PANCE review, I made a detailed, weekly study schedule in Microsoft Word. As my studies progressed, this schedule was incredibly motivating and helpful at keeping me on track. After making this schedule, I selected several PANCE study resources to use. There are literally dozens of credible PANCE study resources and […]
You just spent the past 24–36 months preparing for the biggest exam of your life, the PANCE. You sign onto the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) dashboard and there before your eyes is the “C.” You did it! You are officially a PA-C. But now what? How about landing your first […]
The PA Way, hosted by Allison Callahan, PA-C, is a weekly podcast with the goal to deliver high-quality, high-yield core content learning so you can be strong, fearless, resilient, and ready for taking care of your patients and passing your certification exam. The PA Way will tackle a new topic every episode, covering the most valuable information to gain confidence and improve your knowledge. The PA Way takes a topic from presentation to application. Join us….you’ll be glad you did. This week’s episode focuses on an overview of hypertension including diagnosis and treatment recommendations.