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National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)2/28/2018
February 2018

Recertifying in 2018 or 2019?

Meet Robin Hunter-Buskey, NCCPA Chair Elect

CAQ Exams Quickly Approaching

Become a PA Historian

New Grant Opportunities Coming Soon

Recertifying in 2018 or 2019? Which PANRE Option Will You Choose?

If you are due to recertify this year or next, you can either take the PANRE or register for the alternative to PANRE pilot, which begins in 2019. So far 5,876 PAs have registered for the pilot program.

In the pilot program you will be asked to answer 25 questions a quarter, for 8 quarters in 2019 and 2020. You can answer the questions anywhere, on any device.

Questions can be answered all at once, or a few at a time throughout the quarter. If you register your certification will be extended until the end of 2020, when the pilot concludes. Whether you are due to recertify in 2018 or 2019, the deadline to register for the PANRE Pilot is June 30, 2018.

The choice is yours. Full details are available at:

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Meet Robin Hunter-Buskey, NCCPA Chair Elect

Robin Hunter-Buskey, DHSc, PA-C, has been a member of the NCCPA Board since 2013 and will assume the responsibilities of Board Chair in January 2019.

Robin has been a certified PA for over 30 years, and is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). She is currently the Southeast Region Advanced Practice Provider and PA representative to the Mid-Level Advisory Board for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she has worked since 2003. During her career, Robin has worked in internal medicine, emergency medicine, substance abuse, long-term care, obstetrics and gynecology, and in ambulatory and community-based clinics.

Robin has been the recipient of numerous awards on active duty with the USPHS including: Senior PA of the Year for the PA Professional Advisory Group, Presidential Unit Citation, Ebola Campaign Medial with Expeditionary Attachment, and the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal. She has served as President of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, President of the Physician Assistant Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Medical Boards and member of the North Carolina Medical Board. She has also been PA of the Year for the AAPA, the North Carolina Academy of PAs, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant studies from Stony Brook University, a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska and a Doctor of Heath Science from A.T. Still University.

Robin has also served as a member of the nccPA Health Foundation Board of Directors since 2014.

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CAQ Exams Quickly Approaching

If you want to achieve recognition for your specialty experience through NCCPA's CAQ program, now is the time to schedule your CAQ exam. All CAQ exams will be administered nationwide on April 2-3 and Sept. 10-15. The application deadlines are March 30 and Sept. 7, respectively.

The Emergency Medicine Specialty Exam is also being offered on May 7-8 in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with the SEMPA 360 Conference. The last day to apply for this exam is May 4.

Even if you are not ready to take the exam, you can register for the program now and take up to six years to complete the process. To sign up for the program or schedule an exam, sign in to your record.

NCCPA offers CAQs in seven specialties: Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, Emergency medicine, Hospital medicine, Nephrology, Orthopaedic surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry.

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Become a Historian

The PA History Society is excited to present its first PA Historian Boot Camp. This two-day workshop titled, “Become A PA Historian: How to Save, Study and Share the story of PAs, our History, and Legacy” has been approved for 12 credits of AAPA Category 1 CME credits. If you have a passion for PA History, we hope you will join us later this year.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Organize and preserve historical documents

  • Attain archival skills for research and study

  • Become an advocate for PA History and the profession

  • Develop techniques to creatively write, speak and share the history of your institution and the PA profession

The Boot Camp will be held at the PA History Society office in Johns Creek, GA (just north of Atlanta). Please watch for further details regarding dates and registration to be posted on the PAHx website ( in the coming weeks!

This activity has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 12 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel.

Read the latest edition of the Society’s newsletter, Historical Happenings and stay up-to-date on all things PA history by connecting with us on social media. Please be sure to “like” PA History Society on Facebook to receive weekly updates and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and our Blog!

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PA History Society LogoNew Grant Opportunities Coming Soon

This spring, the Foundation will announce two grant programs, including the 2018 call for applications for the $5,000 Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care and a new program supporting the Foundation’s mental health initiative.

These grants will join the Foundation’s existing programs, including the  

  • Be the CHANGE grant ($1,000) to equip PAs and PA students to create health access now for greater equity through patient education, screenings, or other outreach to deliver care.

  • Oral Health Outreach grant ($500) to design and implement a PA-led project that advances oral health awareness, prevention and treatment.

  • Oral Health Integration grant ($3,000) to integrate oral health into PA program curriculum or clinical practice and evaluate chosen strategies.

Get inspired by past grantees, including certified PA Tara Rick who provided breast cancer education and training to more than 150 Tanzanian providers. Find more in our Spotlight and archives


The Foundation applauds all PA and PA student efforts to improve health.


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At NCCPA, we work to promote the role, impact and qualifications of Certified PAs in many ways including through the media. Below are recently published articles.

Want to get involved? If you have a great article idea or a story to share, contact Communcations Director, Mary Rittle, at

What’s Happening at NCCPA? Check out our new video “January 2018: NCCPA in 60 Seconds!” which portrays just some of the things that happened at NCCPA last month. 

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