Frcem Examination- A Guide To Better Preparation For This Test
Fellowship to the candidate of the royal college is awarded who clears three exams. There have been several changes made to FRCEM and MRCEM exam structure over the past few periods. There are two routes to the accreditation to leading RECM. They are FRCEM and MRCEM. As of 2018 August, doctors who would like to take more senior roles from their present position; IMG advises that these both routes would be the best option to pick up.
FRCEM exam route-
frcem exam consists following components-
- Primary frcem (3 hours written test )
- Intermediate certificate (SAQ and SJP)
- Final exam (critical appraisal, QIP, clinical short answer question paper, and OSCE
1- Primary- To be eligible for primary frcem, candidate need to hold PMQ recognized by GMC for registration purpose
2- Intermediate- Candidate should hold PMQ, GMC recognized and have done equivalent to UK foundation programme and have cleared the primary exam
3- Final- To be eligible, one needs to have a primary frcem and intermediate certificate. On the other hand, the need may be difficult to attain outside the UK. Therefore it is asked to attain MRECM, work in the UK and then FRECM, practicing in NHS
How do you prepare for this exam?
Primary frcem is the direct replacement for frcem part 1. The exam consists of- anatomy (60 Questions), Evidence-based medicine (6 Questions), Physiology (60 Questions), Pathology ( 9 Questions ), Microbiology ( 18 Questions), pharmacology (27 Questions). To prepare for this test you must start at least 6 months in advance and recommended books will help to cover all topics. Do not neglect any topic, it is very important to cover all areas.
2- Intermediate certificate-
FRECM intermediate certificate has replaced parts B C. The covers topics like- general medicine, ENT, OG, Ethics Law, Paediatrics, Trauma Orthopaedics, Surgery, Toxicology, Anaesthesia, general medicine, ophthalmology. Candidates with too many concerns regarding their preparation need to know that they don’t need much knowledge as the first part needs. But it still is challenging. Many questions will take on the form of data interpretation like blood tests, ECG, X-rays, etc. It is better to start preparing for it at least 6 months earlier. SJP presents candidates hypothetical but actual clinical cases and will be asked to choose the effective answer. The test you following things like patient focus, time management, personal integrity, problem-solving, decision making, professional development, team working, self-awareness.
3- Final exam-
This part exam consists of critical appraisal, clinical SAQ, QIP, and OSCE. The topics for critical appraisal include- ultrasound, major and acute presentation, common competencies, pediatric practical procedure, core/major/acute presentations, ICM with AC CS, Anaesthetics competencies.
Some more tips on this exam preparation-
Preparation is always crucial- When it comes to frcem exam prep, thorough preparation is important and must give 6 months to revise for each test because all exams are not easy to clear.
Use curriculum- The curriculum strongly helps you in your revision. Though the curriculum is big but studying those thoroughly will help to pass the tests.
Consider all things shared in this post and prepare very well for the frcem exam so you clear those within 1st attempt only.