Examinations required for Irish Emergency Medicine training are administered by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in the UK. The College runs 2 main exams:
1. Membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Examination (MCEM)
Entry to the Membership Examination of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine is based on regulations published on the College’s website. These regulations are updated regularly and candidates are advised to look at the regulations for the diet of the current and future examinations before applying.
CSTEM culminates in eligibility to sit MCEM which is the only accepted postgraduate examination to confer eligibility to apply for ASTEM. The MCEM examination is administered by CEM and consists of three parts:
- Part A – MCQ exam in basic sciences as applied to EM. Part A may be taken in the intern year.
- Part B – Data interpretation
- Part C – Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
2. Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Examination (FCEM)
FCEM is mandatory for inclusion to the Register of Medical Specialists, Division of EM within the Medical Council.
At present, FCEM is composed of:
- Clinical SAQ and OSCE
- Critical Appraisal SAQ
- Management Viva
- Clinical Topic Review
Candidates are advised to consult the RCEM website for updated details regarding FCEM.
There are many online resources and courses available to prepare for FCEM, please visit the Royal College of Emergency Medicine website and IAEM Trainees for further details.