Earlier today, the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) announced that they will not pursue a new recertifying body, choosing instead to engage NCCPA in a dialogue regarding AAPA member concerns about recertification. Moreover, AAPA will be contracting a third-party research firm to collect and evaluate evidence regarding the advantages and disadvantages of both recertification and emerging alternatives.
“We applaud AAPA for taking a fresh approach to the ongoing discussion about recertification. PAEA is committed to the Four Orgs working together to address recertification – and other important topics confronting the PA profession – in a spirit of collaborative research and evidence-based decision making,” said PAEA President William Kohlhepp, DHSc, PA-C. “These are intellectually demanding and complex issues with long-term implications for the health of our profession. To succeed, we require the most diverse and rigorous thinking our community can assemble and believe that an open debate based on empirical evidence is the best way to move forward.”
PAEA looks forward to partnering with AAPA and the other PA organizations to support this research effort. We will provide updates as this work moves forward.