The Physician Associate National Examination
To become a qualified physician associate (PA) in the UK, the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) requires all PA students who have completed a PA programme to take the Physician Associate National Examination (PANE).
The PANE is developed and delivered by the Assessment Unit on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), of which the FPA is part. The PANE is open to any candidate who has completed the requirements of the Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant within a UK university postgraduate programme in Physician Associate Studies (either as a postgraduate diploma or a master’s course) and had completion signed off by their relevant university exam board.
The PANE is made up of a 200-question, single best answer, knowledge-based assessment, taken online, and a 14-station objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), held at the Spine, Liverpool.
On successful completion of the PANE, providing they are a member of the FPA, a candidate can then be registered on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR).
Please note, the RCP and FPA do not accredit or endorse any commercial preparation courses for the PANE.