Examination Description

The oral certification examination is a standardized oral examination that tests the application of Emergency Medicine knowledge using scenarios based on actual clinical cases. The examination requires approximately five hours to complete and includes seven simulated patient encounters: five single-patient encounters and two multiple-patient encounters. The oral certification examination is administered twice per year.

Content Specifications

The oral examination blueprint functions as a general guideline for ABEM in constructing each examination. ABEM selects cases based on their clinical content as defined by The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model), and cases appearing on the oral examination can originate from any content area within the EM Model. However, specific areas within the EM Model are routinely emphasized. The lists below identify those content areas within each dimension of the EM Model that are typically emphasized on each oral examination and from which cases are routinely selected.

Effective spring 2015

Listing of Conditions & Components

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

Psychobehavioral 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

Bold = area of emphasis

Physician Tasks

The Modifying Factor of Pediatrics is routinely emphasized.

Acuity Frames

Approximately 50% of the cases will be of critical acuity.

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