The Emergency Medicine Review Course

****  The EMR Course 2017 – Now Full ****

The Emergency Medicine Review (EMR) course is offered by the Saint John Regional Hospital Emergency Department to guide eligible candidates in preparation for the CCFP (EM) licensing exam.

Over the 20 interactive sessions, a CCFP(EM) lecturer will review the CFPC’s Priority Topics in Emergency Medicine: the core material covered in the exam. A practice written exam and final oral exam are offered at the end of the course. Feedback is provided throughout.

Note: The EMR 2017 course is now FULL.

The seats for 2018 will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis starting January 2nd, 2018 at 12:00 (noon) AST by emailing

Please check this site for any updates before registration opens.

Weekly Overview:

Practice Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs) are sent for completion and self-marking one week prior to each session
Practice orals are completed by 1-2 participants while others review
Core material is presented in a case-based format with “SAMP-style”, interactive questioning


Sessions are offered online via Adobe Connect (video, audio, slides and chat features) from March through July on Tuesdays from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM AST. All sessions are recorded and available online for review.


Registration opens in January by contacting to reserve your spot. The course fills up quickly as spaces are limited to ensure adequate participant involvement.


The EMR course is $2,750 for practice eligible candidates. Payments are made via cheque and specific payment details will be sent out to those who have registered as above.

List of Sessions

  • Introduction/ Approach to Exam
  • Neurology/Psychiatry
  • Dermatology/Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology
  • Environmental
  • Hematology/Oncology/Rheumatology
  • Airway/Respirology
  • Urology/Nephrology
  • Statistic/Evidenced Based Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Administrative/Resource
  • Trauma
  • Orthopedics/Procedural Sedation
  • Written Exam Review
  • Toxicology
  • Ophthalmology/ ENT
  • Final Oral Exam Practice
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Endocrine


Testimonials From Recent Participants

“I wrote the EM exam in the fall, as a practice eligible candidate who had been out 8 years, working part time in ED and as a part time family doc.

The on-line course I took via the Saint John group is very worthwhile. A friend of mine failed the exam the first time he wrote it (studied independently) and passed the exam after taking this course. In his words, the course is essential.

I completely agree. The course was helpful mainly in helping with ‘examsmanship’. For instance, it is not hard to learn core information, but the EMR course helps with providing how questions are asked, how they are marked and how the practice orals work… I cannot recommend this course higher. I think the course is particularly beneficial to practice eligible candidates.”

“As a practice eligible doc I found the course invaluable.  Trying to study and work full time is hard enough, and I found having a weekly deadline to read/study a certain topic forced me to stay on schedule with my exam preparation.  (No bigger motivator than looking like you have no idea what you’re talking about in front of your peers!)  Having the opportunity to practice the written and oral questions again and again, week after week, made a huge difference when writing the exam.

There is a lot of exam-manship in passing the EM exam, so having a chance to practice, knowing what format to expect, in particular for the oral after being out of residency for a while, made a huge difference.  Honestly, I don’t know if I would have passed without the course.”

“I think the course is spectacular. I really love the weekly thing, it commits you to keeping up. – also helps to reinforce the process. I love how there are all sorts of people from different backgrounds – It’s better than a residency program (not that I have been to one of those recently). I also love the commitment of staff to learning, not just getting the answer correct… Every time I am about to sign out I always think of how glad I am I signed up for the course”

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