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The College of Emergency Medicine curriculum: is the specialty-specific knowledge section fit for purpose?


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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