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A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants: In Collaboration with AAPA and PAEA [Paperback]

Claire Babcock O'Connell MPH PA-C , Sarah F. Zarbock PA-C
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January 21, 2010 1605477265 978-1605477268 Fourth

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.

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  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Fourth edition (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605477265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605477268
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I did not like it October 17, 2010
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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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good concise review and lots of practice questions January 31, 2011
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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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So July 3, 2010
By Bob
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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.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised May 27, 2010
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good simulation August 4, 2011
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book stinks! September 19, 2011
I am a practicing PA in cardiology and have been for 12 years. I bought this book for preparation for the PANRE and I am returning it. I have already found errors with the book. I contacted the author, who sent me this response,:
PS. The Review book and the AAPA do not use old board questions at all. The NCCPA is a separate organization. The items in the review book are for review to help prepare for the exam. They in no way represent the NCCPA.

So in other words I thought I bought a book that would have some old board questions. I was wrong. It is a book of made up questions that are not based on board questions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed May 3, 2012
By pac2012
I had high hopes for this book to assist with my preparation for my PANCE since it was from AAPA/PAEA, but even as a new grad I identified many errors. I noted all the misinformation and it filled over a page.

Also, the information about management and treatment was very superficial and often incomplete.

There was almost nothing said about preventative and screening measures.

Very disappointing. I know all review books will leave something to be desired but this is really unacceptable for something coming from AAPA.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ***DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK*** February 8, 2012
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I would have given no stars, but that was not an option. The book itself is fine for review. However, if you are interested at all in using the online resources including the pre and post test exams it is a complete waste of money. There is a question bank of 496 questions. I attempted to take a 300 question exam in preparation for the PANRE. No joke, every 10 questions I receive a duplicate question. I contacted the vendor. This was their reply, "I have spoken with our developers regarding the duplicate questions. It seems that some questions were duplicated from chapter to chapter if they were relevant to multiple chapters. Because of this, there are 300 unique questions, but 496 questions total with the duplicates. I apologize for any inconvenience. This is why you are receiving duplicates". So basically there is no way to gage your performance because 1/3 of the questions asked are duplicated. Additionally, I had to contact customer support three times when in the middle of the exam due to "compatability issues" and to increase the amount of available data storage in my flash player. Regardless, this was a big let down. I own the past edition that I used in addition to Van Rhee to study for the PANCE and did very well. Unfortunately, the CD which accompanies the text containing all the test questions is not compatable with any of the new versions of Windows. I should have listened to the other BAD REVIEWS. My mistake!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a good comprehensive, concise review for the PANRE
This book is a good comprehensive, concise review for the PANRE. The review questions have concise study information and helped me identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.
Published 3 days ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and I hope it will help me ...
Using it to study currently. Easy to use and I hope it will help me pass the PANRE in addition to a recertification CD series.
Published 4 days ago by Kathy Crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I used it for my second year... missing lots of treatments but it is a decent collection on what I need to know.
Published 9 days ago by Oana S
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok resource at best, but should not be sole resource
So as someone who just took the PANCE 2 weeks ago and just found out I passed I feel like can give a good review of this book. Read more
Published 25 days ago by L. Le
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quick review source but...
A Comprehensive Review for the PANCE/PANRE is just any 'okay' review source in my opinion. I just took to the PANCE (waiting on my scores) and bought this book to assist in my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C$
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
Well organized and clearly laid out. Excellent question bank with helpful explanations of the correct answers. A great overview and resource. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheena E Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to sum up everything
I bought this book so I can have an outline of everything I had studied and be able to review up until the test. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ComradeButterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Review
Has a useful pretest, streamlined review that covers the Blueprint and access to online question banks with educational responses to why answers are correct or incorrect
Published 2 months ago by Howard A. Gorder
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful.
This was a helpful guide. There's certainly not enough info to go on solely from this guide. The questions and test were very helpful with good explanations.
Published 2 months ago by Johnny J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book. Easy to read. Nice general overview for a quick read of a topic. Nicely organized by category, such as neurology or cardio.
Published 4 months ago by Cierra Clark
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