FRCEM Intermediate results day - what next?

  • May 02, 2022

The MRCEM Part B or FRCEM Intermediate exam is tough....

Success in these exams is a challenge and 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:

First things first, you deserve to celebrate and get some rest. No doubt you wherever you are, you are dealing with the coronavirus and will not be able to celebrate in the way that you would wish. But from us at IMG Connect, congratulations! Doctors who have attained full MRCEM and secured a job in the NHS tell us that the FRCEM Intermediate is a very tough examination, so well done! 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 and whilst all OSCE centres are currently closed it takes most doctors at least six to nine months to prepare for the exam anywa. The COVID-19 coronavirus should be over once your are ready to take the exam in 6 - 12 months time.

So what is the MRCEM OSCE?

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.


How has the COVID-19 coronavirus afffected MRCEM exam centres & dates?

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine took the difficult decision to many events due to be held in 2020.

As of 2021, the College has introduced a number of online invigiliation/ computer test centres and hybrid exams to its schedule, as well as in person exams in certain locations, namely London, and Chennai and Hyderabad in India.

Key dates to be aware of for upcoming exams are:

  • FRCEM Final OSCE - this will be held in London from 1-10 Novermber 2021, with the results for this exam to be published by 5pm on 17 December 2021.

For up-to-date information on exam dates, keep an eye on the examination section of the Royal College website.


How to preparation for 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.


Where can I take the MRCEM OSCE exam?

Overseas doctors (IMGs) can sit the final MRCEM OSCE exam in three locations: the UK, India and Malaysia. However the Royal College has suspended all upcoming test dates and centres due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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.

How has the COVID-19 coronavirus afffected MRCEM exam centres & dates?

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine took the difficult decision to cancel all events for the months of April, May and June following the escalation of the virus. As the UK and most of the world remain in some form of lockdown, the Royal College has not announced when it is expecting to open up it's centres again. Understandably this will be tied into government advice and that of the WHO whilst most examiners involved in the OSCE examinations will be tied into urgent clinical duties.

IMG Connect is keeping a very close eye on the examination schedule and will keep all our IMGs informed as soon as the College publishes some updates. You can find the updated exam schedule here.

However, this does not mean you cannot use the time to prepare for your OSCE!

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