Reading Lists

LLSA Reading Lists

Emergency Medicine is an ever-evolving science. It's important that ABEM-certified physicians continue learning as new knowledge becomes available. LLSA activities promote continuous learning by releasing an annual set of readings. This reading list encourages self-study and guides physicians through recent EM literature. The readings address issues of relevance in current clinical practice.

How to Access Readings

Physicians can find readings from a variety of sources including common EM texts, libraries, and websites. Some publishers grant public access to articles; links to open-access articles are included in the reading lists on the ABEM website. 

The EM LLSA articles (and some EMS, Medical Toxicology, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine articles) are available at no cost via the ACEP website. If you are not an ACEP member, you can still create an account to access the articles. Click here to go directly to the ACEP website.

Accessibility and fees are at the discretion of the publisher, and are not related to ABEM. Please direct questions about such information to the publisher of the article.

When Reading, Keep in Mind...

  • LLSA readings are designed as study tools and should be read critically.
  • LLSA readings are not all-inclusive and do not define the standard of care for EM clinical practice.
  • ABEM does not endorse specific research findings or treatments in selected LLSA readings. This includes the use of off-label medications.
  • ABEM makes a conscious effort to account for real or perceived conflicts of interest in its LLSA reading selections.

New Reading Lists

A new EM reading list is published approximately one year in advance of their associated LLSA test. A new EM LLSA test is published each year on April 1, and remains online for five years from the date of publication. A new EMS LLSA test is posted on June 1 of even-numbered years, and remains posted for four years. A new Medical Toxicology LLSA test is posted on June 1 of odd-numbered years, and remains posted for four years. When a test is retired, the associated reading list will also be retired and archived.