Priority Topics in Emergency Medicine

The Examination of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine is comprised of two components: a written examination and an oral examination. The content to be assessed in this examination is drawn from the Priority Topics in Emergency Medicine. 

  1. Abdominal pain
  2. Abuse (domestic)
  3. Airway management
  4. Analgesia/sedation
  5. Anaphylaxis
  6. Arrhythmia
  7. Asthma/COPD
  8. Burns
  9. Cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
  10. Chest pain
  11. Common fractures/MSK injury
  12. Continuous quality improvement (CQI)
  13. Critical appraisal
  14. Decreased level of consciousness
  15. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT)/pulmonary embolus (PE)
  16. Delirium/agitation
  17. Emergency medical services (EMS)
  18. Environmental
  19. Eye: red eye, loss of vision
  20. First-trimester bleeding
  21. Gastro intestinal (GI) bleed
  22. Headache
  23. Infectious diseases
  24. Ischemic heart disease
  25. Lacerations
  26. Multiple patients
  27. Multiple trauma
  28. Pediatric fever
  29. Pre-eclampsia
  30. Pulmonary edema
  31. Seizures
  32. Shock/dehydration
  33. Shortness of breath
  34. Suicide risk
  35. Toxicology 
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