EM Model

The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine


The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model) serves as the basis for the content specifications for all ABEM examinations.

ABEM is currently using the 2016 version of the EM Model to develop examinations.

It is reviewed by the EM Model Review Task Force in the spring every three years. ABEM will use the 2016 version to develop examinations beginning with the fall 2019 examinations. In the 2016 EM Model, all changes that resulted from the 2016 EM Model Review Task Force are summarized in Figure 1.

Citation: Counselman FL, Babu K, Edens MA, Gorgas DL, Hobgood C, Marco CA, Katz E, Rodgers K, Stallings LA, Wadman MC, for the 2016 EM Model Review Task Force; Beeson MS, Keehbauch JN, for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. The 2016 model of the clinical practice of emergency medicine. J Emerg Med 2017 March 25;pii: S0736-4679(17)30108-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2017.01.040. [Epub ahead of print]

ABEM will use the 2019 version to develop examinations beginning with the fall 2022 examinations. In the 2019 EM Model, all changes that resulted from the 2019 EM Model Review Task Force are summarized in Figure 1.

Citation: Beeson MS, Ankel D, Bhat R, Broder JS, Dimeo SP, Gorgas DL, Jones JS, Patel V, Schiller E, Ufberg JW, 2019 EM Model Review Task Force; Keehbauch JN, American Board of Emergency Medicine. The 2019 Model of the clinical practice of emergency medicine. J Emerge Med 2020 May 28. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2020.03.018 

2019 EM Model (Word)
2019 EM Model (PDF)

Past versions of the EM Model are available in PDF format by clicking the links below.

EM Model History