The FCEM Notebook is a focused, concise, portable emergency medicine revision resource for FCEM exam candidates and emergency physicians. The examinations for Fellowship of the College of Emergency Medicine (FCEM) demand knowledge, retention and application of a huge breadth of complex clinical information. Extensive personal reading based on the college curriculum is an essential foundation for the exams and multiple literature resources need to be identified and accessed. This book contains short questions related to the FCEM curriculum and succinct answers to allow candidates to revise and test their knowledge as time allows. Notes below the answers also contain additional material, current relevant national guidelines references and suggested resources for further personal reading that have been selected for their particular relevance to emergency medicine. Space is also available for readers to add their own notes. This book does not intend to be a direct reproduction of previous FCEM exam questions and the format aims to aid in the retention of knowledge.
The question style commonly encountered in the exam is not as direct. The candidate is often required to interpret a stem, establish a diagnosis and then answer further questions. For example, rather than asking directly for the features of Kawasaki disease, an unwell child with fever for six days and red eyes will be described, or rather than asking directly regarding cyanide poisoning, an unconscious patient in a factory fire will be described. Should the initial diagnosis reached make proceeding with the subsequent questions difficult, reconsider the overall diagnosis. Both adult and paediatric EM topics are included within each subsection. This book is also of relevance and interest to emergency physicians post FCEM refreshing, or helping colleagues preparing for the exams, and also emergency nurse practitioners, trainee nurse consultants, MCEM candidates, foundation years doctors and medical students working within the ever interesting, challenging and enjoyable world of emergency medicine.