Got your FRCEM Intermediate results? What next?

  • March 05, 2020

It is worth mentioning that the MRCEM Part B or FRCEM Intermediate exam is tough! All Emergency Medicine doctors deserve credit for getting to this stage. Whether your passed or failed, here we'll offer some suggestions on what to do next:

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I passed the FRCEM Intermediate Certificate exam:

So, what next? First things first, you deserve to celebrate and get some relaxation in! Emergency Medicine doctors who have attained full MRCEM and secured a job in the NHS, all tell us that the FRCEM Intermediate is a tough examination, so congratulations that all of your hard work has paid off!

Once you are feeling relaxed, this is a good time to think about what steps you need to take to complete full MRCEM. For most overseas doctors, this will mean taking the final MRCEM OSCE exam.

Like the intermediate exam, the MRCEM OSCE requires a considerable amount of revision and preparation. However, as you know the format is very different, so your preparation will change.

The MRCEM OSCE consists of 18 stations (16 patient encounters & 2 rest stations), each one lasting for about 7 minutes. The MRCEM OSCE exam will not only test your theoretical knowledge, but also your resus skills and communication skills. Even candidates who are working in an emergency medicine department (ED or ER) often find these OSCEs difficult. Even if you have a strong background knowledge in Emergency Medicine the exams can still be tricky due to a heavy reliance on testing your communication skills and etiquette.

This is also a good time to ask an IMG consultant to review and amend your CV, as well as discuss the types of jobs, salaries, training and career progression in the NHS that will be available to you after you pass the OSCE and attain full MRCEM. Request a call back here.

Preparation for the MRCEM OSCE:

Preparation is therefore vital for all doctors who intend to take the MRCEM OSCE (part C) exam. This can be broken down into the following:

  • Practical day-to-day work (colleague observations & feedback, peer groups, study groups)
  • Online revision resources (subscriptions, reading materials, tutorials, videos)
  • Courses (face to face, online)

In general, emergency medicine course tutors advise setting aside at least 2-3 months preparation in addition to your Emergency Medicine experience.

Resources, courses and revision materials:

We are often asked by Emergency Medicine doctors where they should look for resources, online revision materials, OSCE mock stations and preparation courses (online and face to face).

As such, we have we have compiled the best advice, tips, courses and resources suggested by Emergency Medicine doctors who have taken the MRCEM and FRCEM exams.

To request detailed advice, tips, courses and resources for the MRCEM OSCE exam click here OR below. You can also browse the Emergency Medicine section of our website - lots of useful tips, tricks and expert knowledge for Emergency Medicine specialists.

Where can I take the MRCEM OSCE exam? - India and the UK

Overseas doctors (IMGs) can sit the final MRCEM OSCE exam in two locations: the UK and India. India exam locations for 2020 are yet to be released, however in 2019 these were held in Chennai and Mumbai.

2020 Exam dates for India and London have been released, these are:




27 – 29 January 2020


8 – 10 June 2020

MRCEM OSCE International (India)

22 – 24 June 2020

MRCEM OSCE International (India)

23 – 25 November 2020

Of course, there are still some 2019 exam dates to be held in India and London , these are:



MRCEM OSCE International (India)

18 – 20 November 2019

2020 fees are yet to be released, however as a guide the MRCEM (OSCE) cost £450 in 2019. We understand that it will be a similar figure next year. If you wish to take the examination at the India centre, you will pay the local administrator to pay the local fee.

To ensure you get a space on the exam, you have to apply online during the application window. Applications submitted after the closing date will be rejected. The application windows for India are below:




30 September to 1 November 2020


17 February to 20 March 2020

MRCEM OSCE India (22 – 24 June)

23 March to 24 April 2020

MRCEM OSCE India (23 – 25 November)

27 July 2020 to 28 August 2020

Results from the examinations will be released on the following dates:



MRCEM OSCE London (27 – 29 January)

28 February 2020

MRCEM OSCE London (8 – 10 June)

10 July 2020

MRCEM OSCE India (22 – 24 June)

24 July 2020

MRCEM OSCE India (23 – 25 November)

8 January 2021

You can apply for the MRCEM OSCE India examination, or indeed the full roster of Emergency Medicine examinations from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (FRCEM or MRCEM) here. All applications must be made online and during the application window.

Please note that all dates are subject to change, you can check the most up to date calendar here.

IMGs from all over the world take the MRCEM OSCE examination in India or the UK whilst on their journey towards securing an Emergency Medicine job in the NHS. If you want to discuss your options for MRCEM or Emergency Medicine exams, get in touch with your IMG consultant team, who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I did not pass the FRCEM Intermediate Certificate exam:

If you did not pass the FRCEM intermediate exam - don't worry! The overall pass rate is 35% which is roughly half of the MRCEM OSCE pass rate. This is a tough exam so don't worry to much, take some time out to relax and enjoy life. These moments where you don't succeed at the first, or second time, will only make you stronger and a better doctor in the long run. As the British say, chin up and strong upper lip!

At IMG Connect we've take the time to prepare and collate the best preperation resources for the FRCEM Intermediate Certificate exam - we would be delighted to share these with you. Click on the buttons below to either register with the IMG Connect team so we can talk you through this or request the FRCEM Intermediate resources to help you pass the next time - without fail!

If you have any questions about how to secure an NHS job in Emergency Medicine or prepare for the FRCEM Intermediate exam or MRCEM OSCE (including advice on dates, fees, courses, resources, mock scenarios, online materials and revision books) then don’t hesitate to get in touch with an IMG Consultant.


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