Emergency Medicine Item Writing Needs

This resource information is only intended for use by registered ABPS subject matter experts.

Updated February 2020

When writing new items, we ask that you focus on areas of greatest need, as indicated by the table below:

Category Number of Items Needed
01- Administrative and Legal Aspects, Disaster Medicine, and Emergency Medical Services 13
02- Cardiovascular Disorders
03- Dermatologic Disorders 18
04- Ear, Nose, and Throat 15
05- Endocrine, Metabolic, and Nutritional Disorders  
06- Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Disorders 4
07- Hematologic, Oncologic, and Immunologic Disorders  
08- Infectious Disease  
09- Nephrologic Disorders 12
10- Neurologic Disorders  
11- Obstetrics and Gynecology  2
12- Ophthalmologic Disorders  
13- Orthopedic Disorders 18
14- Pediatric Disorders
15- Pharmacology
16- Procedures and Skills 10
17- Pulmonary and Respiratory Disorders 4
18- Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders 19
19- Toxicology and Environmental Disorders  
20- Traumatic Disorders  9
21- Urogenital Disorders 17

If you are in need of assistance with your assignment, please contact Certification staff at certification@abpsus.org.

Click here for the ABPS Item Writing Guide.

Click here for step by step instructions on how to submit items.

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