American Academy of Emergency Medicine



Why this Course?

Hear from Joel Schofer, MD MBA CPE FAAEM, past AAEM board member and editor-in-chief of the AAEM Written Board Review Book. Dr. Schofer shares his insights on the Oral Board Exam format and the unique ways AAEM can help you prepare.

  • You can always do more to prepare, do as many practice cases as possible
  • Knowing the content is one thing, mastering the exam format and feeling confident is another
  • Even with preparation during residency, there is a gap before you take your exam and your skills can get rusty
  • AAEM offers the unique opportunity to practice with the eOral format and guidance from experienced examiners who can help you succeed

Listen to Dr. Schofer's Oral Board preparation tips!


Each year more than 1,000 residents graduate from the emergency medicine training programs. Most of these graduates seek board certification by ABEM or AOBEM as the next step in their professional development and to help them attain the position of a specialist in emergency medicine. It is a requirement of both the ABEM and AOBEM that each individual pass an oral board examination before board certification status is awarded.

Comments received on past evaluations show that many of these graduating residents, while extremely well-trained in the practice of emergency medicine, need additional instruction in the mechanics and format of oral board examinations. Our course is designed to meet these educational needs by providing a venue in which the format of an oral board examination is replicated as closely as possible.

Comments from Past Course Attendees

  • Great practice! Would definitely recommend!
  • I feel much better prepared and am glad I took the course.
  • This course has definitely made me more comfortable with preparing for the oral board exam. I am now more confident; I have a strategy that will hopefully bring success and less anxiety on the test date.
  • Great preparation for the anxious candidate. I have always been terrified of the oral board experience, but I feel much better about going in to the oral boards.
  • Great format! Mimics the actual boards. Great visual stimulus for between cases.
  • This course provides excellent preparation for the oral boards. I solidified my routine for the exam and gained innumerable pearls.

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Target Audience

This course is designed for:
Emergency medicine practitioners preparing to take the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) oral board examination.


All registrants for the AAEM Oral Board Review Course must have passed the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) qualifying examination or completed the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) part 1 certification requirements.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of the health problem.
  2. Demonstrate medical knowledge and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
  4. Demonstrate professionalism through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  5. Integrate the practice-based learning process, evaluate their progress throughout the course, and apply the experience gained in the simulation to better prepare them for the ABEM or AOBEM oral board exam.

Methods of Instruction

After an introductory session to familiarize participants with the ABEM/AOBEM oral board format, each candidate will be presented with 12 single-case encounters and four multiple-case encounters over the course of two days. Several of the single-case encounters will use an interactive computer simulation system. Instruction will be provided in one-on-one encounters with members of the course faculty. Candidates will respond to examiners as they would to ABEM/AOBEM examiners. After each case, the candidate will receive immediate feedback from the examiner, who may also offer suggestions for improvement. Between sessions with examiners, participants may enhance their learning in a common study area, where relevant study materials will be displayed. A debriefing session on day one allows for an important overview of the exam experience and provides participants with helpful take-home points.

Accreditation Statement

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy

All planning committee members, faculty, and staff participating in continuing medical education programs sponsored by AAEM are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest to the content of their presentations. AAEM’s Education Committee and ACCME Subcommittee have established procedures to resolve conflict of interest.


The Following Planning Committee Members and staff Have Disclosed Relevant Financial Relationships:

William Gossman, MD FAAEM - McGraw Hill Publishing, Royalties, Author of Pearls of Wisdom Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review
Robert Oelhaf, Jr., MD FAAEM - Reckitt Benckiser, Speaking and Teaching, Honoraria
Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM - EMedHome, Consultant, Board Member, Honoraria
William Gossman, MD FAAEM - McGraw Hill Publishing, Royalties, Author of Pearls of Wisdom Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review
Leslie Zun, MD MBA FAAEM - Teva Pharmaceuticals, Consultant, Speaking Advisory Board, Grant Support, Honorarium

Planning committee members and staff who reported a conflict of interest had their conflict reviewed and no conflict of interest was found.

The Following Planning Committee Members and staff Have Disclosed NO Relevant Financial Relationships:

Laura Burns, MA
Frank L. Christopher, MD FAAEM
Joel M. Clingenpeel, MD MPH FAAEM
Ginger Czajkowski, CAE
David Dabell, MD FAAEM
Cassidy Davis
Tom Derenne
Robert Glatter, MD FAAEM
Mitchell Goldman, DO FAAEM FAAP
Michael Gottlieb, MD
Madeleine Hanan, MSM
John Kahler, MD FAAEM
Michael J. Klevens, MD FAAEM
Tamara Kuittinen, MD FAAEM
Joseph R. Lex, Jr., MD MAAEM FAAEM
Alexandre Migala, DO FAAEM
Lillian Oshva, MD FAAEM
Kevin C. Reed, MD FAAEM
Indrani A. Sheridan, MD FAAEM
Rebecca Sommer
Kathy Uy, MS CMP
Darcy Welsh
Kay Whalen, MBA CAE
Janet Wilson, CAE
Allen Yee, MD FAAEM