In-training Examination Overview
Like some other American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards, ABEM develops and administers an in-training examination. It is offered annually on the last Wednesday in February to all ACGME-accredited and RCPSC-accredited Emergency Medicine residency programs for a small fee. Programs are not required to participate in this examination.
The examination targets the expected knowledge base and experience of an EM3 resident. Unlike other ABEM examinations, the in-training examination does not have a passing score. It is a standardized examination that residents and program faculty can use to judge an individual resident’s progress toward successful ABEM certification. There is a strong relationship between in-training and qualifying examination scores. Physicians with higher in-training scores have a higher likelihood of passing the qualifying examination and those with lower scores have a lower likelihood of passing the qualifying examination.
The examination is not designed for program evaluation, and the results should not be used to compare programs or residents across programs.