The Physician Assistant National Recertifying Examination, commonly known as the PANRE, is a comprehensive and wide-ranging assessment for men and women looking to enter this burgeoning field of healthcare.
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In the task area of pharmaceutical therapeutics, you will need knowledge of the following areas: mechanism of action, indications for use; contraindications; side effects; adverse reactions; follow-up and monitoring of pharmacologic regimens; risks, clinical presentation, and treatment of drug interactions; drug toxicity; methods to reduce medication errors; cross-reactivity of similar medications; and recognition and treatment of allergic reactions.
The skills covered in this section of the PANRE include selecting pharmacological therapy for selected medical conditions, monitoring pharmacologic regimens and adjusting as appropriate, and evaluating and reporting adverse reactions.
In the task area related to applying basic science concepts, the required knowledge includes human anatomy and physiology, underlying pathophysiology, and microbiology and biochemistry.
The skills necessary to succeed in this task area include recognizing normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology, relating pathophysiologic principles, correlating abnormal physical examination findings, and correlating abnormal results of diagnostic tests to a given disease process.
The content of the PANRE can also be classified according to the organ systems:
- cardiovascular (16% of the exam)
- pulmonary (12%)
- endocrine (6%)
- EENT (eyes, ears, nose, and throat) (9%)
- gastrointestinal/nutritional (10%)
- genitourinary (6%)
- musculoskeletal (10%)
- reproductive (8%)
- neurologic system (6%)
- psychiatry/behavioral (6%)
- dermatologic (5%)
- hematologic (3%)
- infectious diseases (3%)
The PANRE was developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: March 15, 2019