Oral Exam

Dates and Fees

  • Spring Oral Certification Examination

  • Fall Oral Certification Examination

The third step for ABEM certification is the Oral Certification Examination. ABEM guarantees an assignment to the Oral Certification Examination the year after a physician passes the Qualifying Examination. The oral exam is a standardized test of Emergency Medicine knowledge, using scenarios based on actual clinical cases.

The Oral Exam measures skills that cannot be tested on a multiple choice exam. It's important that ABEM-certified physicians can clearly communicate with patients and their families, organize information about patients, and make good choices for patient management.

The exam is administered twice per year in Chicago, IL, requires approximately five hours to complete, and includes seven simulated patient encounters: five single-patient encounters and two multiple-patient encounters.

To best display your EM knowledge on the day of the exam, complete the following steps:

These materials will provide you with the information you need to prepare for, attend, and take the Oral Certification Examination.