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The College of Emergency Medicine curriculum: is the specialty-specific knowledge section fit for purpose?
  1. Sarah Robinson1,
  2. Claire Vincent2,
  3. Jude Reay2,
  4. Mike Clancy1
  1. 1Emergency Department, Southampton University NHS Trust, Southampton, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr S Robinson
 Emergency Department, Southampton University NHS Trust, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK; robinsonmustafa{at}


Objective: To determine whether the knowledge specified in the specialty-specific section of the College of Emergency Medicine curriculum covered the diagnoses presenting to a UK teaching hospital emergency department.

Method: An audit of 1000 sets of notes was undertaken, the diagnosis abstracted and mapped to the curriculum.

Results: 1076 diagnoses were derived and all were covered by the curriculum. The three most common diagnostic categories were musculoskeletal, wound management and cardiology.

Conclusion: The curriculum covered all the diagnoses in this sample. Knowing the frequency of a diagnosis could be used to inform training and assessment.

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  • Funding: Nil.

  • Competing interests: MC is chairman of the curriculum committee of the College of Emergency Medicine.