The recertification exam
The recertification exam is designed to cover all core areas of practice that a physician associate is expected to maintain knowledge in, regardless of whether they are working in a specific specialty. Medicine is forever changing and PAs have a responsibility to keep up to date. This ensures that physician associates are fit to practise and safe for patients.
In order to remain on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) physician associates have to sit the recertification examination every six years.
How do I register for the recertification exam?
All candidates have to register online for the physician associate recertification exam. The link for registering will appear underneath the exam date when the exam becomes open for registration. Payments have to be received prior to the exam otherwise candidates will not be allowed to participate. The cost of the recertification exam is £250.
The registration process will close two weeks before the exam.
Thursday 4 May 2017 - Venue: London and Birmingham
September 2017 - Venue and date: TBC
Sitting the recertification examination
Physician associates are given three attempts to sit and pass the recertification examination.
The first opportunity will be at the beginning of their fifth year of practice after qualifying as a physician associate and they have to pass the exam before the end of their sixth year.
If any physician associate fails the recertification exam on three occasions or doesn’t pass the exam within the above timeframe, they will be removed from the PAMVR and their employer notified of this change. They will then have to take the qualifying exam or follow the process that the statutory regulator stipulates in order to enter on to the PAMVR.