Self-assessment is the process of conducting a systematic review of one’s own performance, knowledge base or skill set, usually to improve future performance, expand knowledge or hone skills.
Self-assessment activities, in their most common form, are simply an in-depth medical knowledge test that provides feedback on your performance and the opportunity to learn from the experience.
Importantly, self-assessment activities are not like taking PANCE or PANRE, where you have one chance per test to get a passing score. Instead, this is exactly what it says – a “self-assessment.” Most activities allow you to take the self-assessment as many times as you like in order to gauge where your own personal knowledge gaps exist. It helps you identify where you need CME or additional self-study to improve your knowledge. Self-assessment activities are meant to help you better recognize gaps in your own knowledge, so that you can better serve your patients.
In recognition of the value of self-assessment and its role in continuous professional development, NCCPA is now offering an additional incentive to encourage PA participation in self-assessment activities. For all activities approved for AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credit, NCCPA will now apply an additional 50 percent weighting when those self-assessment credits are logged for NCCPA certification maintenance purposes. In other words, if a PA logs 20 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits with NCCPA, they will count as 30 of their total 100 credit requirement for that 2-year CME cycle.
PAs should be aware that the extra weighting for self-assessment activities is only relevant to NCCPA certification. States that require CME for license renewal purposes do not apply any additional weighting for self-assessment and PAs must claim those credits exactly as awarded on their CME certificates.