Med-Challenger vs. Hippo EM – Emergency Medicine Board Review Comparison

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Med-Challenger vs. Hippo EM Emergency Medicine Board Review Comparison

Emergency medicine practitioners looking for ABEM board review products have a slew of online review options today. Knowing which products offer the best EM board review is a topic of interest. In this article, we’ll compare Emergency Medicine board review products from Med-Challenger and Hippo EM on the following criteria: content value, CME value, and lasting benefits.

Content Value

  • Content Scope
  • Content Components
  • Content Quality

Content has to hit all the right subject areas in the right amounts, be up-to-date, provide solid study value, and be of high-quality.

Content Scope

“Content scope” refers to content coverage, how well subject matter is addressed, and how many topics or questions are available.

According to their respective websites, Med-Challenger and Hippo EM both cover the ABEM board exam blueprint, however there is quite a difference in the amount of content provided.

Question Count

Hippo EM

EM Content Components

“Content components” refers to elements within the content that enrich the learning process, such as image banks and various other forms of media.

While both Med-Challenger and Hippo EM furnish their respective Emergency Medicine board reviews with image-based questions, a key part of board exams, Med-Challenger takes it a step further by providing a broader spectrum of media, including ECGs, MRIs, simulated patient labs, video, audio, diagrams, and other high-resolution medical imagery.

Additionally, Med-Challenger provides Media Banks in a searchable topic-based format which provides additional reference and training uses.

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EM Content Quality

Both Med-Challenger and Hippo EM offer Q&A ultimately guided, written, and edited by board-certified emergency physicians. Content quality relies on several other factors such as original content and speed of revision.

Med-Challenger touts a large editorial authorship of emergency medicine experts, several of whom have detailed individual bios highlighted in their “Author Spotlight” blog posts. Likewise, Hippo EM

Though both Hippo EM and Med-Challenger offer routinely updated content based on the current changes in medicine, Med-Challenger creates its own content via a peer-review system of content creation, thus Med-Challenger questions are unique and are adapted more rapidly to changes in medicine and requirements.

In addition, due to the craftsman-like Q&A production cycle, Med-Challenger’s materials are revised in a much shorter period of time. Thus, you’re less likely to be tripped up by out-of-date content.

Who wins on content value?

Based on its superior question count, adjunct media bank features, errata response time and its peer-reviewed original content, Med-Challenger EM takes the lead.

✓ Med-Challenger

Hippo EM

CME Credit Value

  • CME Credit Types
  • CME Credit Amounts
  • MOC / CME Credit Utility

The ability to earn continuing medical education credits while working through a review product is one of the main added values to pass-guaranteed board reviews. The question is – what types of CME are provided, how many credits, and how easy is it?

Credit Types

Both Med-Challenger and Hippo EM offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. However, Med-Challenger distinguishes itself by also offering ACEP Category 1 credits. Offerings with multiple CME types are fairly rare. Some review QBanks offer no CME credit at all.

Credit Amounts

CME credits are required by medical specialties every year. Other specialized workplace or state CME requirements also exist. Most physician practitioners need at least 50 hours of AMA Category 1 credits every year (150 total over 3 years). Both Hippo EM and Med-Challenger provide a way for users to earn CME as they study. However, Hippo EM provides a maximum of 150 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ to Med-Challenger’s whopping 275 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. As for ACEP Category 1 credits, while Med-Challenger offers 60, Hippo EM offers none.

Since CME credit is roughly awarded by time required, that’s likely an indicator that Med-Challenger offers much more content overall when compared to Hippo EM.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Hippo EM

ACEP CME Credits

Hippo EM

MOC & CME Utility

Both products offer a means of earning and claiming CME; however, where Med-Challenger offers instant claims management and certificate outputs, Hippo EM’s CME claims process is quite vague. They state that you can earn CME, but not how you can actually claim it. What good is unclaimed CME?

Med-Challenger users can generate custom PDF CME Certificates, clearly listing topic earnings, a benefit when reporting topic-specific CME requirement fulfillment. With Med-Challenger’s CME “claims center”, users are given more control over claims and CME certificate production. It’s instant and easy.

Lastly, it’s worth pointing out that both Hippo EM and Med-Challenger also provide LLSA Review Annual Subscription products. Unlike Hippo EM, Med-Challenger also offers a ABP / ABEM Pediatric Emergency Medicine Board Review Course with built-in AMA PRA Category 1™ and ACEP CME credits at no additional cost.

I switched from Hippo to Med-Challenger because I did not find Hippo’s content challenging enough. I wanted to be sure I was fully prepared. Thanks to Med-Challenger I was more than just prepared. I scored much higher than I expected.T. Grant, MD, Emergency Medicine

Who wins on CME value?

With more CME amounts, longer access, easier-to-use claim tools, and low-cost, on-demand re-use every year – as well as offering more than one type of CME – the clear winner is Med-Challenger EM.

✓ Med-Challenger

Hippo EM

Lasting Utility & Ongoing Value

  • Length of Service
  • Annual Requirements (non-Boards uses)
  • Renewal Options & Convenience

Smarter folks think ahead, right? How long does it last? Is there value I can use again and again – after the Boards? What are the real costs? What does it do for my life overall?

Length of Service

Hippo EM may offer an array of package options at varying prices, their subscription comes to a close after 12 months. If you would like to continue using Hippo EM to fulfill annual CME requirements, be prepared to shell out another complete payment. As your CME requirements are ongoing, imagine how quickly those payments will pile up.

As a “boards-only” question set product, Hippo EM access options max-out at 12 months, at which time you may choose to repurchase at full cost. Med-Challenger does something unique. Their product is a one-time-only purchase. Med-Challenger offers a low-cost “super-renewal” option where you can renew access to ALL purchases for another full year. This plan is perfect for keeping MOC and CME requirements in check year after year.

Months Minimum
Hippo EM
Months Maximum

CME credit value exists in both products as highlighted earlier, with Med-Challenger offering more CME credits, covering annual CME needs for years.

  • Med-Challenger

    Renewal Option – Yes
    Annual MOC/CME value – Yes
    Renews – All product purchases
    Single fee of $199 / year

  • Rosh Review

    Renewal Option – No
    Annual MOC/CME value – No
    Renews – No
    Must re-buy at full price.

Who wins on lasting utility & ongoing value?

Hippo EM is more of a question bank with CME and video lecture options on-top. Duration of use and ongoing value stop short of any lasting benefit. Med-Challenger’s product is priced lower, offers more, and provides everything for Boards – and beyond. Due to Med-Challenger’s low-cost “super-renewal,” over time, the cost of Med-Challenger is actually significantly less than Hippo EM, and gives you a systemic way to maintain knowledge quality, multiple career requirements, and save time annually throughout your career. Winner: Med-Challenger.

✓ Med-Challenger

Hippo EM

Final Verdict

Based on this comparison weighing Med-Challenger and Hippo EM
it’s clear…

The best choice for EM Board Review is
Med-Challenger EM

Value Bundle Available
Med-Challenger EM, PEM and Annual LLSAs and more are included in Med-Challenger’s EM PRO value bundle. Get everything your EM practice requires in a one-time purchase. Renew your access and career convenience annually for less than $200 a year (less than $17/mo.). Don’t worry, scramble, or buy at regular price every again! Renew your Med-Challenger account.

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If you’d like to learn more about Med-Challenger EM, start a full free trial, or purchase, please follow the links below.

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