Career Progression - Where does the Primary FRCEM exam fit in?





The RCEM website ( is a rich source of information and is vital reading in understanding the path of career progression in       Emergency Medicine in the UK.

A few of the most important points are noted below:

  • “Trainees are required to pass the FRCEM Primary and FRCEM Intermediate Certificate (or pass MRCEM prior to August 2018) to progress to higher specialist training (ST4).”

  • The FRCEM Primary Information Pack can be found by clicking here.

  • The RCEM Curriculum for Basic Sciences related to the FRCEM can be found via a link to a PDF on this page.

  • “The FRCEM Primary examination will consist of a 3 hour, multiple choice question (MCQ) paper of 180, single best answer questions (SBAQ). The examination is conducted in English and candidates are advised that IELTS Level 7 is the expected standard for completion of the FRCEM examinations.”