Exam Content

Content Specifications

Oral Exams are developed from actual clinical cases. Exam editors are all clinically active emergency physicians, who identify case topics that meet content specifications. These cases undergo a rigorous development and review process before they are ready for exam use.

ABEM selects cases based on how closely the clinical content aligns with the EM Model, as seen in the EM blueprint. While these cases can originate from any content area within the model, some areas are routinely selected. The list below identifies those content areas within each model dimension and are effective as of spring 2015:

Case Content

  • 1.0 Signs, Symptoms and Presentations
  • 2.0 Abdominal & Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • 3.0 Cardiovascular Disorders*
  • 4.0 Cutaneous Disorders
  • 5.0 Endocrine, Metabolic & Nutritional Disorders
  • 6.0 Environmental Disorders
  • 7.0 Head, Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat Disorders
  • 8.0 Hematologic Disorders
  • 9.0 Immune System Disorders
  • 10.0 Systemic Infectious Disorders*
  • 11.0 Musculoskeletal Disorders (Non-traumatic)
  • 12.0 Nervous System Disorders
  • 13.0 Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 14.0 Psycho behavioral Disorders
  • 15.0 Renal and Urogenital Disorders
  • 16.0 Thoracic-Respiratory Disorders*
  • 17.0 Toxicologic Disorders
  • 18.0 Traumatic Disorders*
  • 19.0 Procedures & Skills
  • 20.0 Other Components

* Areas of emphasis

  • Physician Tasks: the Modifying Factor of Pediatrics is routinely emphasized.
  • Acuity Frames: approximately 50% of the cases will be of critical acuity.