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National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)6/10/2015
June Newsletter

Practice Analysis Survey

PA Director-At-Large Position

Message from the President/CEO

NCCPA App Now Available

Keeping up with PA History

nccPA Health Foundation Update

Practice Analysis Survey Deadline Approaching: Your Input Needed

The final deadline for the practice analysis survey – a critical study conducted only every 5-7 years – is fast approaching, and we need your participation.

Certified PAs who have not already completed the survey should have received a reminder email from our president/CEO, Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, sometime on June 4-6. That reminder contains your personalized link to the survey – a link you can access multiple times if you need to complete this important survey in multiple sittings.

The responses you provide will help paint a new, up-to-date picture of the breadth and depth of PA practice. That information will help shape the direction and content of NCCPA exams and inform those who regulate, employ, supervise and reimburse you about the current state of the PA profession.

Need other reasons to participate? Completing the survey has been approved for 1.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits (that’s free CME), and all who complete it will be entered to win one of five $1,000 prizes.

Can’t find your survey link or have other questions about the survey? Email But please don’t delay any longer! This survey will close at midnight on June 14.

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NCCPA Board Seeking Applicants for PA Director-At-Large Position

NCCPA is now seeking applicants for a PA director-at-large position to serve a four-year term on our Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2016.

The deadline to apply is July 15.

The Board of Directors sets the vision, mission and strategic direction of NCCPA; works with the president/CEO to lead the organization toward the desired performance; and monitors progress towards agreed upon performance measures to assure the organization is and remains successful.  

Board membership requires preparation for and travel to quarterly meetings; participation in occasional conference calls; and attention to email communication between meetings.

Board members should have:

  • commitment to NCCPA and its purpose;

  • fundamental understanding of the role of PAs

  • knowledge about the programs and goals of the organization;

  • understanding of external drivers of success for the organization;

  • commitment to using data to inform decisions when possible;

  • capacity to use that knowledge, understanding and data in decision making that benefits the organization as a whole;

  • ability and eagerness to deal with values, vision and the long-term future of the organization; and

  • ability to participate assertively and collegially in deliberation.

NCCPA Board members are eligible for and most serve a second four-year term.

For more information about requirements and expectations of Board members, upcoming meeting dates and the application process, read the Overview of the PA Director-at-Large Application and Selection Process and the PA-Director-at-Large Application.

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Message from the President/CEO

Just above are two important messages about opportunities for you to have a voice in the work of NCCPA – by participating in the practice analysis survey and by applying for a position on the NCCPA Board of Directors. Beyond that, I just want to remind you that I welcome your thoughts and feedback on any issues related to certification, the work of NCCPA or other areas in which you believe NCCPA could make a positive impact for the PA profession or the patients we serve. Email me any time at It may take several days for me to respond, but please know that I will read every message.

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NCCPA App Now in the App Store

iPhone and iPad users: check out the free NCCPA app, now in the App Store. This is a new way to keep track of the status of certification maintenance requirements, log CME activities and photograph and upload copies of CME certificates. Android users, you’re next! We expect to launch your mobile app sometime this fall.

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Keeping Up with PA History

History is always being made… find out more by visiting the PA History Society’s website for the latest features and new exhibits throughout the site. 

The Society’s illustrated history book is an
excellent way to learn about incredible PA
profession, along with some of the people,
places and events that have shaped the
history of this growing profession…and it also
makes a terrific gift! Order forms are available online.

If you have already done so, be sure to "like" the PA
History Society on Facebook to receive updates, and to try your hand with PA history trivia!

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From the nccPA Health Foundation  

Smiles for Oral Health a Success in San Francisco

Thanks to the PAs and students who participated in our “Share Your Smile for Oral Health” photo campaign at the AAPA Conference.  See photos of conference events and learn about free CME, funding opportunities, and other oral health resources online.  

“More than 47 million people live in places where it is difficult to access dental care,” said Cynthia B. Lord, MHS, PA-C, chair of the nccPA Health Foundation.  “By incorporating oral health in practice, PAs make an important difference in the health of our patients.”

Missed the conference?  Share your photo in support of oral health now through your Facebook and/or Twitter account with the hashtag #PAsSmile4OH.

The nccPA Health Foundation in partnership with PAs for Oral Health and the Student Academy Oral Health Task Force coordinated this year’s photo sharing and other activities as part of the PA Leadership Initiative in Oral Health funded by the NIIOH.

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In The News

At NCCPA, we work to promote the role, impact and qualifications of PAs in many ways including through the media. Here are some recent results.

Want to understand the exam content blueprint for PANCE and PANCE? Read an article published online at NEJM Knowledge Plus that explains in accurate detail what comprises our content blueprint.

Cardiology Today just published The Expanding Roles of Certified PAs in Cardiac Specialties, by Mayo Clinic’s Joseph Dearani, M.D., and Mike Nowak, PA-C, in Cardiology Today.

Certified PAs Barbara Slusher and Benjamin Smith are quoted in a recent issue of The Rheumatologist. Read PAs and NPs Help Grow Rheumatology Practices.

Read certified PA Patricia Brims' blog about how PAs can help patients with nutritional guidance in this Physicians Practice blog: Physician Assistants Ideal for Patient Nutrition Education.

Clinical Advisor covered a presentation that nccPA Health Foundation Chair Cindy Lord, MH S, PA-C, offered at the AAPA Conference. Read more about “How to get the most out of PA clinical rotations.”

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

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is dedicated to serving the interest of the public. We do so with a passionate belief that certified physician assistants are essential members of the health care delivery team who provide millions access to more affordable, high quality health care.

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