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A Retrospective Review of Physician Assistant Education Association End of Rotation Examinations

Rizzolo, Denise PhD, PA-C; Cavanagh, Kimberly DHSc, PA-C; Ziegler, Olivia MS, PA; Dallas, Andrew D. PhD; Goodman, Joshua PhD; Yunker, Emily MPA

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education: September 2018 - Volume 29 - Issue 3 - p 158–161
doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000208
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The PAEA End of Rotation™ exams were developed to assess medical knowledge of the 7 core supervised clinical practice experiences, including Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Women's Health, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. The examinations were created by experienced PA educators and national exam experts with continual review and content updates. This paper summarizes changes since the inception of the exam program, including test construction and development, reliability, validity, and scale scoring. They are built using content blueprints and topic lists that were developed by experienced PA educators and national examination experts. All examination items are peer reviewed by PA educators and statistically validated for accuracy and consistency by psychometricians who specialize in examination development. This article will review the changes since the inception of the exam program including test construction and development, reliability, validity and scale scoring. Also addressed is an update on the PAEA End of Curriculum™ examination.

Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and an assessment specialist for the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Kimberly Cavanagh, DHSc, PA-C, is an associate professor and chair of the Gannon University Physician Assistant Department in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the PAEA assessment editor in chief.

Olivia Ziegler, MS, PA, is the chief assessment officer at the Physician Assistant Education Association in Washington, DC.

Andrew D. Dallas, PhD, is a psychometrician at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Joshua Goodman, PhD, is the senior director, Psychometrics & Exam Development, at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Emily Yunker, MPA, is the director of assessment at the Physician Assistant Education Association in Washington, DC.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, School of Nursing, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083. Telephone: (908) 737-6215; Email: drizzolo@kean.edu

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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