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Emergency Medicine Qualifying Exam Scoring & Format
The Emergency Medicine Qualifying Exam contains approximately 305 single-best-answer, multiple choice questions. The exam is divided into two separately timed sections, each lasting 3 hours and 10 minutes, separated by a one-hour, scheduled break. The entire exam appointment takes approximately 8 hours to complete with 6 hours and 20 minutes of total testing time.
The passing score for the Qualifying Exam was last examined in 2019 and was determined to be a score of 77 out of 100.
ABEM sends physician’s the results of their examination in writing within 90 days of the date of the exam. Results are also posted on the physician’s ABEM Portal.
Example of a single-best-answer multiple-choice question format:
A 20-year-old woman is brought to the emergency department due to lightheadedness during her exam. The patient was very anxious before the start of the exam. On examination, her heart rate is 110 beats per minute, and respiratory rate is 35 per minute. Arterial blood gases (ABGs) of the patient are performed, which reveals a pH of 7.5, pCO2 of 28 mmHg, and HCO3 of 10.5 mEq/L. Glucose levels are normal. Which of the following acid-base abnormality is most likely to be present in this patient?
◯ A. Respiratory acidosis
◯ B. Compensated respiratory acidosis
◯ C. Respiratory alkalosis
◯ D. Metabolic acidosis
◯ E. Metabolic alkalosis
C. Respiratory alkalosis
A high pH in this patient indicates alkalemia is present. Also, the partial pressure of carbon dioxide is low in respiratory alkalosis, which has also occurred in this patient. Anxiety and hyperventilation are the major causes of respiratory alkalosis. A high pH and low pCO2 levels in this patient rule out respiratory acidosis. A high pH and low pCO2 levels rule out the possibility of respiratory acidosis in this patient. This patient has high pH, which indicates that alkalemia is present, not acidosis. The partial pressure of CO2 and bicarbonate levels are low, which also occurs in metabolic acidosis. Metabolic alkalosis is incorrect because although a high pH indicates alkalosis, the partial pressure of carbon dioxide is low in this patient which is normal in metabolic alkalosis.
Tintinalli JE, Stapczynski JS, Ma OJ, Cline DM, Meckler GD, Yealy DM. Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 9th edition. McGraw Hill; 2019: 73-79.