In November 2015, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) proposed a new recertification model and in December released “Re-examining Recertification for the PA Profession,” a white paper offering more detail and rationale for the change. The paper stands on two key principles for development of the new model: concern for the public’s interest and support for PA career flexibility.
The NCCPA planned to gather feedback on the proposal via a profession-wide survey in February, but at press time, some PAs had already offered reactions via social media and discussion forums, including a critical letter from AAPA President Jeffrey Katz. We want to offer commentary to point out important limitations in the information gathered thus far, appeal to PAs to take advantage of the profession-wide survey to share their opinions, and challenge readers to consider that the PA professional identity may be at the heart of this recertification conundrum.
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