The End of Curriculum Content List, Blueprint, and Core Tasks and Objectives are resources used by PAEA to guide in the creation of exam content and construction of exam forms. Questions on the exam are considered only a sample of all that might be included in PA education, it is not intended to be all-inclusive, and my not reflect all content identified in the Content List. These resources will be useful to faculty when determining which other summative evaluation components and program objectives may require additional assessment tools. These documents are also a useful resource for students when studying for the exam, however the Content List is not a comprehensive list of all the exam question topics. PAEA’s goal is not to provide a list of all the topics that might be on the exam but rather to provide students with a resource when preparing for the exam. PAEA recommends that students review the Topic List, Blueprint, and Core Tasks and Objectives in conjunction when preparing for the exam.
Several cross-cutting criteria guide the development of PAEA’s End of Curriculum exam. The goal of these ideals is to assist the exam development team in ensuring that the exam, to the extent a multiple-choice exam can, evaluates a wide breadth of dimensions critical to a PA student’s preparation. The purpose of this exam is to assess a PA student’s general medical knowledge as one component of their readiness for graduation. It is designed to complement other tools that assess core medical knowledge as well as interpersonal skills, patient care skills, and professionalism, as required by accreditation standards.