About The Concert Exam

The Continuous Certification (ConCert) examination, formerly known as the recertification exam is given to board certified emergency physicians every 10 years in order to maintain their certification. According to ABEM, “the exam is focused on assessing the knowledge needed for clinical practice”.

Exam Stats:

  • Half day test
  • Shorter exam of approximately 205 questions
  • Single-best-answer, positively-worded, multiple-choice questions focused on what the practising emergency physician needs to know when treating patients
  • Test administered at one of 200 computer-based testing centers
  • Test schedules allow adequate time to complete each portion of the examination,but each session has a time limit.
  • Test is usually given at the end of October – early November, you can take it one of the 6 days it is offered
  • Passing = 75% correct

The ConCert is based on ABEM’s The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine The following table, from ABEM’s website, outlines the relative weight given to the different components of the EM Model for the ConCert exam.

Listing of Conditions & Components  
1.0

Signs, Symptoms and Presentations

9%

 
2.0

Abdominal & Gastrointestinal Disorders

9%

 
3.0 Cardiovascular Disorders

10%

 
4.0 Cutaneous Disorders

2%

 
5.0 Endocrine, Metabolic & Nutritional Disorders

3%

 
6.0 Environmental Disorders

3%

 
7.0 Head, Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat Disorders

5%

 
8.0 Hematologic Disorders

2%

 
9.0 Immune System Disorders

2%

 
10.0 Systemic Infectious Disorders

5%

 
11.0 Musculoskeletal Disorders (Non-traumatic)

3%

 
12.0 Nervous System Disorders

5%

 
13.0 Obstetrics and Gynecology

4%

 
14.0 Psychobehavioral Disorders

3%

 
15.0 Renal and Urogenital Disorders

3%

 
16.0 Thoracic-Respiratory Disorders

8%

 
17.0 Toxicologic Disorders

4%

 
18.0 Traumatic Disorders

11%

 
  Appendix I: Procedures & Skills

6%

 
  Appendix II: Other Components

3%

 
  Total

100%

 



Acuity Frames Target (± 5%)  
Critical

27%

 
Online Emergent

37%

 
Lower Acuity 27%  
None 9%  

Physician Tasks For this dimension, the Board has assigned the following specific percentage weights to the Modifying Factor of age:

  • Pediatrics: 8% minimum
  • Geriatrics: 4% minimum

This is not meant to be an inclusive guideline regarding the ConCert exam, please refer to the ABEM Website for specific information on applying, credentialing and scheduling for the qualifying examination as well as details regarding test and its procedures.



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