Membership by Examination is awarded to candidates who pass three required examination components. Until August 2016, the College’s examination has been divided into two distinct examination structures: the MRCEM and the FRCEM. After August 2016, the College’s examination structure is being redefined to reflect that success in the entire suite of examinations leads to the award of Fellowship by Examination (FRCEM). However, the College continues to offer Membership by Examination (MRCEM) for candidates who have passed all of the following examinations:
Required Examinations for the Award of Membership by Examination (MRCEM)
- FRCEM Primary (or have passed MRCEM Part A between 1 August 2012 and 1 August 2016 (or granted exemption))
- FRCEM Intermediate SAQ (or have passed MRCEM Part B between 1 August 2012 and 1 August 2016)
- MRCEM OSCE (previously called MRCEM Part C, passed after 1 August 2012)
The FRCEM Primary examination is a direct replacement for the MRCEM Part A examination and continues to assess the RCEM Basic Sciences Curriculum. The examination will consist of a 3 hour, multiple choice question (MCQ) paper of 180, single best answer questions (SBAQ). Please see the above section for the FRCEM Primary for further information.
FRCEM Intermediate SAQ
The FRCEM Intermediate SAQ is a direct replacement for the MRCEM Part B examination and continues to be mapped to the competences of Year 1-3 of the Emergency Medicine 2015 Curriculum (ACCS Plus) which is available on the 2015 Curriculum page
of our website. The Short Answer Question Paper comprises of a 3 hour paper of 60, 3 mark questions. For further details on the FRCEM Intermediate SAQ paper, including format and blueprint, please see the above section for the FRCEM Intermediate Certificate.
MRCEM OSCE (formerly MRCEM Part C)
The MRCEM Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) is mapped to the competences of Year 1-3 of the Emergency Medicine 2015 Curriculum (ACCS Plus) which is available on the 2015 Curriculum page
of our website. All applicants for the MRCEM are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Year 1-3 competences in preparation for sitting this examination. Success in the MRCEM OSCE alone does not confer Membership (MRCEM). It is a requirement to pass the three required components listed above.
Please see the MRCEM Information Pack
(updated September 2018) for detailed information for this examination component.