The MCEM examination which is based on the College of Emergency Medicine curriculum offers an opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate both the breadth of his or her knowledge of Emergency Medicine as well as the application of that knowledge to common clinical scenarios. The candidate must be able to demonstrate good communication skills and knowledge of Emergency Medicine.
The examination is competency-based and assesses knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for the successful clinical practice of Emergency Medicine.
The MCEM examination is set at a standard commensurate with the level of expertise necessary for entry into higher specialist training in Emergency Medicine as well as that for practice at an intermediate level for those not wishing to enter higher training.
The examination consists of three parts, Part A, B and C.
This theory exam consists 50 questions, each with four stems. Each stem needs to be marked either TRUE or FALSE. It is not negatively marked. It examines basic sciences as applied to Emergency Medicine. The syllabus for the Part A is found on the College of Emergency Medicine website (www.collemergencymed.ac.uk). Exam duration is 2 hours. Exam centers are in United Kingdom, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. Candidates are awarded either a pass or a fail. Candidate must score about 70% to pass the exam.
This theory paper examines data interpretation skills and consists of 16 questions. The questions present a clinical scenario and may have clinical data including radiographs, CT scans, ECGs, blood test results and clinical photographs. Exam duration is 2 hours. Exam centre in India is only at Apollo Hospitals. Candidate must score about 70% to pass the exam. Only candidates who are successful in Part B will be permitted to take Part C.
This practical exam consists of 18 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) stations that assess knowledge, psycho-motor ability, interpersonal skills (including communication and conflict resolution), professional behavior and clinical decision-making skills. Exam duration is 2.5 hours. Exam centre in India is only at Apollo Hospitals. Candidates are awarded either a pass or a fail. Candidate must pass 14 of the 18 stations to pass the exam.
Interviews for MCEM residency are conducted twice a year, in June and in December
The duration of MCEM residency is 3 years full time from the date of joining. The duration of residency is 2 years full time for those who have completed their Fellowship or Diploma in EM from Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP-UK) which is given by Medvarsity.