First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Oral Boards 1st Edition offers a detailed description of the exam, including format, what to expect on exam day
Passing the emergency medicine written certi cation examination is an important milestone in the process of becoming a board-certi ed emergency physician. The written exam, ormerly called the Written Certi cation Examination and now re erred to by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) as the “Quali ying Examination,” is used to identi y candidates who are ready to take the oral exam, the nal step in becoming board certified. The Qualifying Examination measures core knowledge, and, to many who must take it, it is an intimidating hurdle. Every year approximately 10% o examinees ail the test and must retake it the ollowing year. Given that many test takers are completing their residency and may be moving to start a new job in the months leading up to the test, it is clear that there is a need or a ocused, easy-to-use review book to help them prepare.
First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Oral Boards is such a book. The First Aid series is based on the idea that people who have recently prepared or and taken the test know best how to teach others to study or it. We have drawn on the experience o 26 individual chapter authors and nearly as many senior reviewers, integrating clinical experience, in ormation rom existing review books, and the ABEM practice questions to create a book designed to improve your score on the Quali ying Examination. First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Oral Boards contains dozens o challenging cases (“minicases”) and rein orces important in ormation in highlighted “key acts” and “mnemonics.” Filled with tables and gures, it presents key ndings and must-know in ormation in a clear, concise, and highly accessible ormat that makes it easy to recall both on test day and in the emergency department.
The Qualifying Examination consists o approximately 305 questions. Candidates are given six-and-a-hal hours of time to complete the test. All questions are the multiple choice, single-best-answer type. You will be presented with a case scenario and a question, ollowed by ve answer options. Approximately 10% o the questions include a gure (radiograph, photograph, ECG, rhythm strip, or ultrasound image). There are no penalties or wrong answers, so if you find a question unanswerable, make your best guess and move on. Candidates who achieve a score o 75% or higher pass.