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Passing the emergency medicine written certification examination is an impor-
tant milestone in the process of becoming a board certified emergency physi-
cian. The written exam, formerly called the Written Certification Examination
and now referred to by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)
as the “Qualifying Examination,” is used to identify candidates who are ready
to take the oral exam, the final 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 ten percent of examinees fail
the test and must retake it the following 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 for a focused, easy-to-use
review book to help them prepare.

First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Boardsis such a book. The First Aid series
is based on the idea that people who have recently prepared for and taken the
test know best how to teach others to study for it. We have drawn on the expe-
rience of 31 individual chapter authors and nearly as many senior reviewers,
integrating clinical experience, information from existing review books, and
the ABEM practice questions to create a book designed to improve your score
on the Qualifying Examination. First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Boards
contains dozens of challenging cases (“minicases”) and reinforces important
information in highlighted “key facts” and “mnemonics.” Filled with tables and
figures, it presents key findings and must-know information in a clear, concise,
and highly accessible format that makes it easy to recall both on test day and in
the emergency department.


The Qualifying Examination consists of approximately 305 questions. Candi-
dates are given six-and-a-half hours of time in which to complete the test. All
questions are the multiple choice, single-best-answertype. You will be pre-
sented with a case scenario and a question, followed by five answer options.
Approximately 10% of the questions include a figure (radiograph, photograph,
ECG, rhythm strip, or ultrasound image). There are no penalties for wrong
answers, so if you find a question unanswerable, make your best guess and move
on. Candidates who achieve a score of 75% or higher pass.
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