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A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants In Collaboration with AAPA and PAEA, 4th Edition

This exam review book has been developed and endorsed by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). This new Fourth Edition features “high-yield” outline format review and pre- and post-test questions based on the blueprint drafted by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). The text provides balanced coverage between educational concepts and clinical practice.

A companion website features fully searchable text and a question bank offering a total of 600 pre- and post-test questions. The 300 pretest questions also appear in the book.

A lot is made of the fact that this was written with the cooperation of the AAPA and PAEA. Its a great selling tool, but this book does not give you the “details “to do well on the boards. I have been practicing as a P.A for 13 years I passed my PANCE in the top 5 % and my first PANRE in the top 1%. I just retook my 2nd PANRE and have not recieved my score yet but this book did not help it, I can tell you that. Fortunately, I didn’t use this book soley for the test and that is my saving grace. The best thing about the book was the pre and post test, yet neither one simulated the PANRE well. The PANRE was much harder!! then the questions in this book.

To be fair both the PANCE and PANRE change from test to test so I could have just had a harder test this cycle, however when I think back on the two previous tests, I don’t think this would have been a great book to use for either one of them. Why? The boards love most common ,least common symptom or sign type questions. They also like to test you about subtle differences between simularly presenting diseases. This – for the most part- dosen’t give you that info. It lists the symptoms/signs randomly so you could know everything in it and still do poorly.
This was the first and last time I will use this book.

I found this very useful when reviewing for the PANRE. I used both the book questions and the CD for review, I found the CD the most useful tool as it gave me feedback on my answers immediately if I wanted, or I could switch to testing mode and make mini-tests customized to the subjects that I wanted to focus on. I found many of the items I reviewed were covered on the exam. I pasted the first time with no problems and I would buy this book again.

I received this book yesterday and I was quite anxious to open it and start reviewing. I intend to use it for the PANRE. I was disappointed in the depth of the explaination of the conditions as well as treatments. The depth of information was not very good. The explanation of treatments for requiring antibiotic care was poor. Obviously, an infection is treated with an antibiotic. I would expect that the first line, second and third choices for antibiotic care would be presented here. They were not. As an ortho PA I was hopeful to see and review primary treatments for primary care diagnosises. The ortho section was abysmal. I will not even comment. I did compare this text to my old Auth text that I used for the PANCE and it lists antibiotic treatments where this text does not and its depth and breadth, I felt, was better. I think that is a very important detail especially for PAs that don’t routinely see primary care problems. I am considering the new additions of Auth’s review book and Van Rhee’s as well, for the PANRE.

I read the reviews before purchasing this book and found the reviews to be accurate. I have found the book rarely discusses the disease or condition in any type of depth. Also the treatment discussion is lacking. Truthfully I bought this book for questions, hoping they are the most current and will help me when recertifying.

This book is exactly what it says it is. A review book to help you prep for the boards. It is in no way intended to teach you medicine. I am surprised by some of the other comments. Anyone who has taken the PACKRAT or PANCE or PANRE exams knows that the ‘answer’ on the test does not always reflect how medicine is actually practiced. I thought this book was a VERY good representation of the format & types of questions asked. I will use it again in 6 years. Good Luck everyone! :)

There is no perfect review book for this test. However after doing the questions in this book and taking the test, I can say they were very similar. I agree that the explanations in the book were sometimes weak but I had no problem looking up the reasoning for an answer in another text if needed. In my opinion the best way to pass the boards is to do questions after questions and this book has plenty. The trick is to know what the question is looking for, and that takes practice doing questions, not reading a review book.

If you want to learn medicine and how to treat patients, practice. If you want to pass the boards, use this book for questions and brief answers.

The newer edition AAPA book is good, but as one of the reviews stated below, some of the treatments are very general and generically addressed. Most of the treatments listed are sufficient, but I would DEFINITELY use another resource for treatments along with this review book for both PANCE and PANRE. The good points are additional Pediatric and Geriatric chapters, both lacking in previous editions, and somewhat updated Asthma charts. Again, treatments listed failed to impress. Topics missing would be a Pharmacology/Antiobiotic/Toxicology chapter, as that would certainly help. Overall, it covers most of the content blueprint for the exam and in a concise (albeit sometimes too concise)fashion, but certainly needs supplemental material for treatments. *The ONLINE QUESTIONS and pre/post exam questions are VERY HELPFUL and are a must-do!*

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Fourth edition (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605477265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605477268
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.2 x 10.6 inches

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