Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs)

Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs)

The SAMP component will be delivered on computers and will be held in Prometric testing sites in various locations in the greater Toronto area. Once the applications have been approved, candidates will be directed to a website where they will select the time and location for their testing appointment. Each testing appointment is seven hours in length; this includes two 3-hour testing windows and a 1-hour break. Candidates should plan to arrive at their testing site 30 minutes prior to their appointment to allow for the check-in process. Follow the link entitled “What to expect” for a description of the registration process that occurs in all Prometric administered testing centers.

This segment of the examination is intended to measure a candidate's knowledge and problem solving skills in the context of a clinical situation. Basic information regarding the presentation of the patient will be provided and a series of questions will follow from each scenario.

The video demonstration is designed to provide an orientation to the functionality and features of the Prometric testing interface candidates will use on exam day. 

In an effort to help candidates prepare for the Examination of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine, the Committee on Examinations has authorized the release of some SAMPs used on previous examinations. These questions are provided to help orient candidates to the format of this examination. Since the questions used here are from previous examinations, they may not reflect current clinical practice. Please bear this in mind as you work through the questions. Sample answers have been provided. These answers are among the responses that would be acceptable to the committee. There may be other acceptable answers. The purpose of providing these sample answers is to demonstrate the correct manner in which to provide answers. Please use these cases to familiarize yourself with the examination format. If you have any questions or concerns about this component of the examination, please contact our office.

Candidate Instructions:

  1. For each SAMP, the setting is an Emergency Department with tertiary-care capability, unless the setting is otherwise described.

  2. When answering questions in this examination please read the question carefully and provide only the information that is requested.

  3. You can answer most questions in ten words or less.

  4. Where appropriate, the number of desired responses will be indicated for each question. The corresponding number of answer fields will be provided.

  5. Write only one answer in each field. Subsequent answers in the same field will not be considered.

  6. No credit will be given for responses which exceed the number of requested responses.

  7. When listing medications, the use of generic names or trade names will be accepted.

  8. When providing values or measures only Systeme Internationale (SI) units will be accepted.

  9. Avoid abbreviations which are not commonly used and which may not be clear to an examiner.

  10. If your answer to a question is “none”, please type “none”. Do not leave the answer box empty.

  11. When the phrase “Be Specific” is added to the end of a question, include ample detail. Provide pertinent descriptions of tests or investigations (e.g. CT with contrast re: pulmonary embolism is different from CT with contrast re: aortic dissection; abdominal ultrasound is different from ultrasound guided paracentesis), and include medication doses and routes.


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