End of Rotation™: Content

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PAEA End of Rotation exams are a set of objective, standardized evaluations intended to serve as one measure of the medical knowledge students gain during specific supervised clinical practice experiences.

These resources are used by exam development board members to guide the creation of exam content, and by the exam development staff when constructing exam forms. They will be useful to students when studying for the exam, and for faculty when determining which other SCPE evaluation components and program objectives may require additional assessment tools.

Questions on the exams are considered only a sample of all that might be included for the clinical experience and may not reflect all content identified in the topic lists.

Blueprints and Topic Lists

Emergency Medicine Blueprint Topic List
Family Medicine Blueprint Topic List
General Surgery Blueprint Topic List
Internal Medicine Blueprint Topic List
Pediatrics Blueprint Topic List
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Blueprint Topic List
Women’s Health Blueprint Topic List

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The End of Rotation exam Topic Lists, Blueprints, and Core Tasks and Objectives are resources used by PAEA to guide the development of exam content and construction of exam forms. Questions on the exam are considered only a sample of all that might be included for the clinical experience, they are not intended to be all-inclusive, and may not reflect all content identified in the Topic Lists. These resources will be useful to faculty when determining which other supervised clinical education experience objectives may require additional assessment tools. These resources may also be useful to students when studying for the exam; however the Topic Lists are 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 exams, but rather to provide students with a resource when preparing for the exams. PAEA recommends that students review the Topic List, Blueprint, and Core Tasks and Objectives in conjunction when preparing for the exam.

Guiding Principles

Several cross-cutting criteria guide the development and delivery of the End of Rotation exams. The goal of these ideals is to assist the exam development team in ensuring that the exams, to the extent a multiple-choice exam can, evaluate a wide breadth of dimensions critical to a PA student’s preparation. This list has evolved as the End of Rotation exam program has matured.

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