The Royal College of Emergency Medicine offers a series of examinations which can lead to either a Fellowship or a Membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (FRCEM). In today’s post, we are going to explore FRCEM Intermediate SAQ. This post will provide you with the requirements to sit the exam, its format, curriculum tested, tips on how to successfully pass and links to some excellent revision resources.
How to achieve MRCEM:
FRCEM Intermediate: SAQ
MRCEM Final: OSCE
How to achieve FRCEM:
FRCEM Intermediate: SAQ and Situational Judgement
FRCEM Final: Critical Appraisal, Quality Improvement Project, Clinical Short Answer
Cost of FRCEM Intermediate SAQ: £305 (UK test centres) or £385 for overseas test centres
2019 Examination Timetable
Application Closing Date
17 September 2019
London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur
3 June 2019
FRCEM Intermediate SAQ Format
The paper is in Short Answer Question (SAQ) format comprising of a three-hour paper of 60, 3-mark questions
Requirements to sit FRCEM Intermediate SAQ
You will be eligible to sit FRCEM Intermediate SAQ provided you have met the below requirements:
Hold a medical qualification approved by the GMC for the purposes of registration
Completed the UK Foundation Programme or equivalent (electronic evidence will be needed at the point of application)
Have passed the MRCEM Part A examination OR the FRCEM Primary
FRCEM Intermediate SAQ Curriculum
Clinical examination, therapeutics and safe prescribing, decision making and clinical reasoning, prioritization of patient safety in clinical practice, infection control, managing long-term conditions and promoting patient self-care, health promotion and public health, principles of medical ethics and confidentiality, the legal framework for practice, evidence and guidelines
Anaphylaxis, cardio-respiratory arrest, major trauma, septic patient, shocked patient, unconscious patient, abdominal pain, acute back pain, aggressive/disturbed behaviour, blackout/collapse, breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, cough, cyanosis, , dizziness/vertigo, falls, fever, fits, haematemesis, headache, head injury, jaundice, limb pain, neck pain, patient, pain management, painful ear, poisoning, rash, red eye, mental health, wound assessment.
Premedical, induction of general , postoperative and recovery room care, management of respiratory and cardiac arrest, control of infection, introduction for emergency surgery, airway management, procedural sedation, transfer medicine, critical incidence
Major trauma – chest injuries, abdominal trauma, spine, maxillofacial, burns, traumatic limb and joint injuries, testicular pain, urinary retention
Arterial , peripheral venous cannulation, central venous cannulation, arterial blood gas sampling, lumbar puncture, tap, airway protection, basic and advanced life support, knee aspiration, temporary pacing, reduction of dislocation/fracture, large joint examination, wound management, trauma primary survey, initial assessment of the acutely unwell.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive and other areas of Emergency medicine will be tested including Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Please click here for a full list.
BDI Resourcing’s Top Tips approaching MRCEM
1. Use a wide range of media to support your learning. This can include books, YouTube videos, podcasts, journals, news articles.
2. Do as many practice papers as possible. This will give you a true indication of gaps in your knowledge.
3. Attend courses! By doing so you will gain invaluable knowledge and skills that will fully equip you to successfully pass your exam.
Useful Revision Resources
FRCEM Intermediate SAQ Revision Notes – Ashis Banerjee
FRCEM Intermediate: Short Answer Question – Moussa Issa
Clinical Cases – RCEM Learning
Online Webinars – Bromley Emergency Courses
Revision Course – FRCEM Success
Bromley, UK FRCEM Intermediate – Bromley Emergency Courses
Royal College of Emergency Medicine Practice Questions
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