Passing the emergency medicine written certification examination is an important milestone in the process of becoming a board certified emergency physician.
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 Boards is 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 experience 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.
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