• Oral Examination Description and Content Specifications

    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.

    Examination Criteria

    ABEM is currently reviewing the passing criteria for the Oral Certification Examination. As Emergency Medicine has evolved, the Oral Certification Examination has evolved. As the new specifications for the Oral Certification Examination and the new eOral format are implemented, the Board of Directors will be resetting the passing standard. As with all ABEM examinations, the passing standard will be criterion-referenced and grounded in the EM Model and the ABEM-developed Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and Standards for Emergency Medicine. Information about the passing standard for the examination will be available in more detail in late February.