• Qualifying Examination Description and Content Specifications

    QE Examination Description

    The qualifying examination is a criterion-referenced examination. All candidates achieving a final score of 76 or greater will pass the examination.

    The qualifying examination is a comprehensive examination that covers the breadth of Emergency Medicine. Each examination appointment is approximately 8 hours in length, with approximately 6.5 hours devoted to actual testing time. The examination contains approximately 305 single-best answer multiple-choice questions. Between 10% and 15% of the questions will have a pictorial stimulus. The qualifying examination is administered at over 200 Pearson VUE professional computer-based testing centers throughout the United States.

    EM Multiple Choice Question Content Blueprint

    The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model) forms the basis of each of ABEM’s examinations. ABEM is currently using the 2011 version of the EM Model for its examinations. The lists below describe the relative weight given to different elements of the EM Model in constructing ABEM’s multiple choice examinations. The complete EM Model was published in Academic Emergency Medicine [Acad Emerg Med 2012;19(7):e19-14.].

    Effective Fall 2014

    Section  Medical Condition
    Percent
     Distribution 

    1.0

    Signs, Symptoms, and Presentations

    9%

    2.0

    Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Disorders

    8%

    3.0

    Cardiovascular Disorders

    10%

    4.0

    Cutaneous Disorders

    1%

    5.0

    Endocrine, Metabolic, and Nutritional Disorders

    2%

    6.0

    Environmental Disorders

    3%

    7.0

    Head, Ear, Eye, Nose, and Throat Disorders

    5%

    8.0

    Hematologic Disorders

    2%

    9.0

    Immune System Disorders

    2%

    10.0

    Systemic Infectious Disorders

    5%

    11.0

    Musculoskeletal Disorders (Non-traumatic)

    3%

    12.0

    Nervous System Disorders

    5%

    13.0

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    4%

    14.0

    Psychobehavioral Disorders

    4%

    15.0

    Renal and Urogenital Disorders

    3%

    16.0

    Thoracic-Respiratory Disorders

    8%

    17.0

    Toxicologic Disorders

    5%

    18.0

    Traumatic Disorders

    10%

    19.0

    Procedures and Skills

    8%

    20.0

    Other Core Competencies

    3%

    Total

    100%


     Physician Tasks  
     Modifying Factors  Pediatric (minimum) 8% 
       Geriatric (minimum) 6% 


    Acuity Frame

    Target
    (± 5%)

    Critical

    30%

    Emergent

    40%

    Lower Acuity

    21%

    None

    9%


     Physician Tasks  
     Modifying Factors Pediatric (minimum)  8%
    Geriatric (minimum)   6%

     Physician Tasks  
     Modifying Factors Pediatric (minimum)  8%
    Geriatric (minimum)   6%