To become board certified in emergency medicine, you will need to take and pass the Qualifying Examination, then take and pass the Oral Certification Examination. AAEM and RSA are there to help you every step of the way.
The Qualifying Exam focuses on what the practicing emergency physician needs to know when treating patients. The exam contains approximately 305 single-best-answer, standard multiple choice questions. Questions are derived from The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model).
The Oral Examination is a component of the ABEM initial certification process because it tests skills that cannot be tested on a multiple choice examination, such as your ability to organize information about patients, make good choices for patient management, and talk with patients and families in a way they can understand.
On Exam Day, you will participate in seven patient encounters, each one-on-one with a different examiner. There will be five single patient cases and two multiple patient cases. Over the two days of the AAEM review course you will participate in 12 single-case encounters and four multiple-case encounters. That's nine extra case encounters to help you feel confident!