About The Qualifying Exam
The qualifying exam (formerly known as the written certification examination) is one of the 3 steps necessary in order to become a certified diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (or board certified in emergency medicine). The exam covers the scope of emergency medicine. The qualifying examination is a criterion-referenced examination.
Passing = 75% correct The qualifying exam is based on ABEM’s Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine The following table, from ABEM’s website, outlines the relative weight given to the different components of the EM Model for the qualifying exam.
Listing of Conditions & Components
Signs, Symptoms and Presentations
Abdominal & Gastrointestinal Disorders
Endocrine, Metabolic & Nutritional Disorders
Head, Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat Disorders
Immune System Disorders
Systemic Infectious Disorders
Musculoskeletal Disorders (Non-traumatic)
Nervous System Disorders
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Renal and Urogenital Disorders
Appendix I: Procedures & Skills
Appendix II: Other Components
The Board has assigned the following specific percentage weights to the Modifying Factor of age:
- Pediatrics: 8% minimum
- Geriatrics: 4% minimum
This is not meant to be an inclusive guideline regarding the qualifying exam, please refer to the ABEM Website for specific information on applying, credentialing and scheduling for the qualifying examination as well as details regarding test and its procedures.