The FRCEM Primary Exam
The FRCEM Primary examination is a direct replacement for the MRCEM Part A examination and will continue to assess the RCEM Basic Sciences Curriculum. The new Primary exam will consist of a 3 hour paper of 180, single best answer questions (SBAQs) where the candidate must choose one best answer from a choice of five possible answers. The exam will examine all the domains of knowledge in the Basic Sciences Curriculum including Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Evidence Based Medicine. A detailed examination pack explaining the new FRCEM Primary Exam can be downloaded from the RCEM website here.
FRCEM Intermediate Structured Answer Question (SAQ) Paper
The FRCEM Intermediate SAQ is a direct replacement for the MRCEM B exam prep Part B examination. The College states that ‘content will continue to be mapped to the competencies of Year 1-3 of the Emergency Medicine 2015 Curriculum’. The exam will consist of a single 3 hour paper of 60, 3 mark structured answer questions (SAQs) testing the candidates application of their Emergency Medicine knowledge. A detailed examination pack describing the new FRCEM Intermediate exam can be downloaded from the RCEM website here.
FRCEM Intermediate Situational Judgement Paper (SJP)
The FRCEM Intermediate SJP will be introduced from Autumn 2017 to replace the MRCEM Part C for UK trainees. The SJP will be a written paper designed to test a candidates ability to understand and respond appropriately to real world clinical situations; it is not so much a test of medical knowledge but more of a candidates integrity, perspectives, team involvement and adaptability. A blueprint of the new Intermediate SJP exam can be found in the FRCEM Intermediate examination pack, which can be downloaded form the RCEM website here.
The MRCEM exam Part C will continue after August 2018 as the MRCEM OSCE. It will continue to examine the competencies of Year 1-3 of the Emergency Medicine 2015 Curriculum in the same format as the current Part C – a circuit of mock clinical scenarios or OSCEs.
Candidates (trainee or non-trainee, UK or international) who have passed the following:
- the MRCEM Exam Part A before August 2016 or the FRCEM Primary after August 2016 and
- the MRCEM Exam Part B before August 2016 or the FRCEM Intermediate SAQ after August 2016 and
- the MRCEM Exam Part C/OSCE
will be eligible for Membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (MRCEM) by examination as before.
UK Emergency Medicine trainees who have passed the following:
- the MRCEM exam Part A before August 2016 or the FRCEM Primary after August 2016 and
- the MRCEM exam Part B before August 2016 or the FRCEM Intermediate SAQ after August 2016 and
- the MRCEM exam Part C/OSCE before August 2018 or the FRCEM Intermediate SJP after Autumn 2017
will be eligible to progress to sit FRCEM Finals.
RCEM Emergency Medicine Training Curriculum (2015)
Basic Sciences Curriculum (2010)
RCEM Exam Regulations and Information Packs (all)