The MRCEM intermediate SBA came into existence in the second half of 2021 when it replaced the FRCEM intermediate SAQ. It is mapped to the 2021 RCEM curriculum which itself is organised into SLO's (Specialty Learning Outcomes). The MRCEM examinations cover SLO's 1-7 & 9.
How is the syllabus structured? What are SLO's
A SLO (Specialty Learning Outcome) typically describes a broad learning goal that can often be applied to several different parts of the clinical syllabus. As an example SLO 1 is 'Care for physiologically stable adult patients presenting to acute care across the full range of complexity'. The MRCEM information pack advises us that within this SLO the following topics (clinical subcategories) will be examined:
Ear, nose and throat
Elderly care / frailty
Gastroenterology and hepatology
Maxillofacial / dental
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Pain & sedation
Pharmacology and poisoning
MRCEM Intermediate FAQ's
When is the next sitting of the MRCEM SBA?
8 February 2024
8 November 2023
19 March 2024
12 September 2024
19 June 2024
How much does the MRCEM SBA cost?
The MRCEM (intermediate) SBA costs £369 to sit in the UK.
What is the pass rate for the MRCEM Intermediate SBA?
The exam was introduced in 2021 and the RCEM has been very slow to feedback information. RCEM examination reports from 2022 have still not been released as of June 2023
What is the format of the MRCEM Intermediate SBA?
The MRCEM Intermediate SBA consists of 180 single best answer (SBA) questions delivered in two 120 minute papers with 90 questions per paper.
Number of questions
SLO 1: Complex stable patient
SLO 3: Resuscitation
SLO 4: Injured patient
SLO 5: PEM
SLO 6: Procedural skills
SLO 7: Complex or challenging situations
Where can i get more information on the MRCEM (intermediate) SBA?
The RCEM has lots of useful information on the MRCEM SBA. Links to their resources are shown in the footer along with other vaulable revision tools.