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Correlation of the Physician Assistant Education Association End of Rotation Examinations with the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam

Massey, Scott PhD, PA-C; Holmerud, David BA; Hammond, Jamie MS, PA-C; Preston, Teresa MBA, MSPAS, PA-C; Tipton, Leslie MPAS, PA-C; Rizzolo, Denise PhD, PA-C

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education: September 2015 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 144–146
doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000039
Abstract & Brief Report
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Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine whether student scores on the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) End of Rotation™ subject examinations had a statistically significant relationship with subsequent performance on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The raw scores achieved by students from 3 participating programs were correlated with scores on the PANCE.

Methods Seven 120-question End of Rotation examinations, developed by the PAEA, were administered to students from 3 PA programs (n = 72). The examinations measured knowledge in the following disciplines: family medicine, internal medicine, behavioral medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, and pediatrics.

Results The mean PANCE score for all programs was 426 (SD = 90) and mean End of Rotation examinations score was 68% (SD = 8.3). The Pearson coefficient between the PANCE and End of Rotation examinations scores was 0.856 (P < .05).

Conclusion The results of this pilot study suggest that there is a statistically significant correlation between scores on the PAEA End of Rotation examinations and subsequent PANCE performance.

Scott Massey, PhD, PA-C, is an associate professor and coordinator of Research and Assessment at the Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

David Holmerud, BA, is an instructor at the National Fire Academy in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jamie Hammond, MS, PA-C, is an assistant professor and Special Needs Population coordinator for the Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Teresa Preston, MBA, MSPAS, PA-C, is an associate professor and the program director for the Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Leslie Tipton, MPAS, PA-C, is program director for the physician assistant program at the University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Denise Rizzolo, PhD PA-C, is an associate professor and research coordinator for the physician assistant program at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Scott Massey, PhD, PA-C, Physician Assistant Program, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. Email: scott.massey@sru.edu.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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