2/01/2012 New examination manuals
For those of you who have not yet submitted a PS, the deadline is September 5, 2011. The earlier you can submit your PS, the less rush you'll experience. The rush comes from the possibility that your PSRP will ask you to revise your PS (10 of the 31 PSs reviewed to date have involved a revision). So, if you submit a PS on September 5th, the PSRP process takes 2-3 weeks. That takes you to late September before you receive a PSRP ballot. You then may have to prepare a revision and resubmit. Then your PSRP has to review it again. You can see that you might have a tentative OE date in Chicago in mid-October, but might not have a confirmed date until a week before since the PSRP has to find the revised PS acceptable.
To be able to OE in Chicago, you must achieve an acceptable Practice Sample (PS) review. 5 of you have already submitted PSs and now that we have completed examinations in Washington, DC, we are starting on those PSs. They will be assigned to Practice Sample Review Panels (PSRP) by our new Practice Sample Coordinators, Jocelyn Roland and Jeni McCutcheon. In selecting reviewers we try to identify colleagues who have expertise in your area(s) of practice (as best we can with only a relatively small number of available reviewers), and someone who wouldn't have an obvious conflict of interest. Expect to hear from one of them soon since they will keep you updated on the status of your PS review.
Also, we have made a minor modifcation to the Examination Manual.
2/22/2011 Template for preparing Practice Sample now available
As many of you start to create a Practice Sample (PS), we thought you might benefit from a template some of us have used. While the required elements of the PS are enumerated in the Examination Manual (pp. 6-14), the manner in which you com pose the document has been left up to you. Based on some of your emails, we thought you might like a suggested format for the PS. We have also drafted an ethics attestation form which is also a required component of the Practice Sample