What is ED Exam?

This site has been created to assist Australian and New Zealand ED Registrars in their preparation for the ACEM Fellowship exam.

In case you don’t know here are some facts about the exam:

The current pass rate is low (around or just below 60%)

The variability of access to resources for Registrars studying for this exam around Australia & New Zealand is huge.

Some Registrars get personalised, one-on-one or small group, intense, weekly tutorials for 12 months before the exam, and others have to battle it out on their own.

There is no real standardisation or quality assurance of the Fellowship Exam teaching provided to ED Registrars.

The quality of teaching provided by individual hospitals around Australia and New Zealand varies enormously.

There are some excellent online resources for ED Registrars who are studying, but they are hard to find, so we’ve put them all in one place!


In short: We want to level the playing field.


What do other College Trainees get?

Here are some examples of online resources available to other specialty trainees in Australia:

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: Academy of Surgical Educators.  They also run the ASSET, CCrISP, EMST and Statistics for Surgeons courses for their trainees.

GP Registrars have access to online GP Registrar Resources & The RACGP John Murtagh Library. Interactive self-education programs, access to free copies of books, manuals, guidelines and journals, and free counselling if you’re having a hard time.

The RACP (Physician’s) are trying to offer some more up to date educational material, still looks a bit archaic. They also have a trainee forum and some other useful resources.

If you didn’t use the Queensland Anaesthesia MCQ’s or Physiology Viva study book for your first part, you missed out. These guys have a forum/bulletin board, a huge bank of practice questions.


PLEASE NOTE: This site is not for everyone.

One of our core philosophies at ED Exam is that there is no single right way to get through the ACEM Fellowship exam, everyone needs to find their own way, and the content in this site may not be helpful to everyone.  We have purposefully tried to make it as broad as possible however as in life, and in working in Emergency Departments, you can’t be everything to everybody.  Geeks, nerds & brainiacs who have have photographic memories will most likely not find this site helpful, although there will still be some tips they may be able to utilise hidden around the place.  This site is however designed to help the mere mortals among us who struggle with the work-study balance and the huge volume of information required to be digested for this exam while trying to maintain some semblance of a life. We are here to help you plan for, study for, and sit the exam effectively and strategically, with the aim of getting through first go, and to help with advice and resources if things aren’t going well, or God forbid, you fail.

Access to all content on this site is free, but we require that you sign up for a free membership (registration temporarily disabled while site rebuilt 22/4/13) to access the content.  This is to ensure that the people using the site are the ones that are going to get the most out of it, and to keep spammers out.

Another core philospohy of this site is that modern adult education should be dynamic and change with the times.  If you know of resources that we don’t have listed and you’d like to share, please contact us via the forum or by email.  If there is content missing that you would like to see, please vote in our poll on the home page, or similarly contact us via the forum or email.

Good luck!



This site is in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. The Author is not an ACEM Examiner, and all advice on this site is based on personal experience.




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