Home Study

It is easy to study for the examination at home. Create an individual program of continuing medical education to fit into your own schedule. There are many convenient ways of keeping up-to-date with developments in Emergency Medicine. A few of the most popular options are listed here.


A number of annual scientific meetings take place in Canada and abroad, where a variety of the issues that will be examined are discussed. Mainpro+® certified courses are listed on the CFPC website.

Books, Manuals, Multimedia

Several comprehensive emergency medicine textbooks, board examination guides, and manuals are available. Prices listed are approximate.

ACLS and PALS textbooks and eLearning courses. Available at courses, from Channing Bete Company, distributor of American Heart Association Products, and at selected bookstores. 

ATLS manuals. Available at courses and from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma

Howes DS, et al.  First aid for the emergency medicine oral boards: Emergency medicine oral board preparation and review. McGraw-Hill Professional; 2010. 888 p., ~ $106

Marx J, et al.  Rosen’s emergency medicine:  expert consult premium edition. 2 vols.  7th ed. Mosby; 2009.  2894 p., includes access to complete contents online. ~ $429.

Naderi S, et al.  Intensive review for the emergency medicine qualifying examination. McGraw-Hill Professional; 2009 512 p., includes CD-ROM. ~ $126.

Paul Olszynski, MD, MEd; Daniel J Kim, MD; Jordan Chenkin, MD; Louise Rang, MD, The CAEP Emergency Ultrasound Curriculum – Objectives and Recommendations for Implementation in Postgraduate Training

PEPID Emergency Physician Suite - Point of care tool includes specialized clinical content, drug database, calculators, EBM resources. Available for various platforms. ~ $170/yr. 

Rivers C, ed.  Preparing for the written board exam in emergency medicine.  5th ed.  Emergency Medicine Educational Enterprises; 2006.  1300+ p., 2 vol., ~US  $235. Other formats available include flashcards, PDAs, audiotape, CD-ROM, and combination packages. Available from Ohio American College of Emergency Physicians.

Rivers C, ed.  Preparing for the oral board exam in emergency medicine.  9th ed.  Emergency Medicine Educational Enterprises,  600 p., ~ $167US.  Other formats available include flashcards, PDAs, audiotape, CD-ROM, and combination packages. Available from Ohio American College of Emergency Physicians.   

Schaider JJ, et al. Rosen and Barkin's 5-minute emergency medicine consult. 4th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010 1300 p., ~$109.  Also available for PDA, powered by Skyscape.  3rd ed., 2007, ~$109. 

Strange GR, et al.  Pediatric emergency medicine: a comprehensive study guide.  3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2009.  1216 p., ~$163.

Strange GR.  Pediatric emergency medicine: just the facts. New York:  McGraw-Hill Professional; 2004.  512 p. ,~$94.

Tintinalli JE.  Emergency medicine: a comprehensive study guide.  6th ed.  New York:  McGraw-Hill Professional, 2004. 2016 p., ~ $235. 7th ed.  expected 2010.


Academic Emergency Medicine (monthly).  Wiley-Blackwell, on behalf of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.  Online and print subscription. 

Annals of Emergency Medicine (monthly).  Elsevier, on behalf  of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Online and print subscription

CJEM/JCMU (Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine).  Official journal of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, published 6 times/yr.  Available from: http://www.cjem-online.ca. Articles less than one year old restricted to CAEP/ACMU members and subscribers. 

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America (quarterly).  Elsevier Health Sciences Division. Online and print subscriptions.

World Wide Web

There are a number of emergency medicine sites that offer CPD listings and content, news, and other information.

Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians/L'Association canadienne de médecins d'urgence  

American College of Emergency Physicians  

BestBETs - These emergency medicine topic reviews developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions.  

eMedicine Emergency Medicine - Articles on emergency medicine topics are published by WebMD.   

Canadian Library of Family Medicine

The College's library service is always ready to help with any of your information needs. CFPC members can request free literature searches and full text articles. Contact the library for more information. Let the library help you prepare for certification.

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