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Abdominal & Gastrointestinal Disorders10%
Cardiovascular Disorders11%
Dermatologic Disorders2%
Endocrine, Metabolic & Nutritional Disorders4%
Environmental Disorders2%
Head, Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat Disorders5%
Hematologic Disorders2%
Immune System Disorders2%
Systemic Infectious Disorders6%
Musculoskeletal Disorders (Nontraumatic)5%
Nervous System Disorders5%
Obstetrics And Gynecology5%
Psychobehavioral Disorders3%
Renal And Urogenital Disorders3%
Pulmonary Disorders9%
Toxicologic Disorders4%
Traumatic Disorders12%
Procedures & Skills7%
Other Components3%
TOTAL100%

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Abdominal Pain
Back Pain
Chest Pain I, II
Coma and Altered Mental Status I, II, III
Confusion
Constipation
Cyanosis
Diarrhea
Dizziness and Vertigo
Dyspnea
Fever in the Adult Patient
Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Headache I, II
Hemoptysis
Jaundice
Nausea and Vomiting
Neutropenic Fever
Pelvic Pain: Acute
Sleep Disorders
Syncope
Vaginal Bleeding
Weakness
Anorectal Disease
Appendicitis
Cholecystitis
Cirrhosis
Diverticular Disease
Esophageal Disorders, Miscellaneous
Esophageal Varices
Esophagus, Stomach, and Duodenum
Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases
Gastroenteritis I, II
Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies
Gastrointestinal Perforation
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Hepatitis I, II
Hernia
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Intestinal Obstruction
Large Intestine: Acute Disorders
Liver and Biliary Tract: Acute Disorders
Meckel’s Diverticulum
Mesenteric Ischemia
Pancreatitis
Peptic Ulcer Disease
Pseudomembranous Enterocolitis
Small Intestine: Acute Disorders
Ulcerative Colitis
Cardiac Failure: Congestive State/Cor Pulmonale I, II
Cardiomyopathies
Circulation Disorders: Aortic Aneurysms
Circulation Disorders: Aortic Dissection
Circulation Disorders: Hypertension – Emergency Management
Circulation Disorders: Peripheral Vascular Disease I, II
Coronary Syndromes: Acute I, II
Dysrhythmia: Antiarrhythmic Pharmacology
Dysrhythmia: Basic Concept – Cardiac Dysrhythmias
Dysrhythmia: Conduction Disorders I, II
Dysrhythmia: Implantable Devices
Dysrhythmia: Supraventricular Dysrhythmias
Dysrhythmia: Ventricular Dysrhythmias
Endocarditis
Myocarditis
Pericarditis/Pericardial Tamponade (Non-Traumatic)
Valvular Heart Disease – Emergency Management
Alcoholic Ketoacidosis
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Hyperosmolar Coma
Hyperthyroidism
Hypoglycemia
Hypothyroidism
Lactic Acidosis
Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders
Drowning
Electrical and Lightning Injuries
Frostbite
Heat-Related Illnesses
High Altitude Disorders
Radiation Emergencies
Scuba Diving and Dysbarism
Venomous Animal Injuries – Arthropods
Venomous Animal Injuries – Marine
Venomous Animal Injuries – Reptiles
Hypothermia – Accidental
Eye: Assessment
Eye: Glaucoma
Eye: Inflammation and Infection
Eye: Pharmacology
Eye: Vascular Disorders
Nose: Infections and Inflammations
Oral Cavity: Medical Disorders
Otologic Infections
Otologic Signs, Symptoms, Presentations
Throat and Soft Tissue Neck: Medical Disorders
Amyloidosis, Systemic
Anemia, Polycythemia, and White Blood Cell Disorders
Coagulopathies
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
Hemostasis Disorders I, II
Leukemia
Sickle Cell Disease
Transfusion
Allergic Reactions
Allergy, Hypersensitivity, and Anaphylaxis
Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis
Raynaud Phenomenon
Sarcoidosis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
The Immunocompromised Patient
Vasculitis
Bacterial Infections – Bone and Joint Infections
Bacterial Infections – Deep Soft Tissues
Dermatomyositis
Disorders of the Spine
Myopathy
Rhabdomyolysis
Tendinopathy, Bursitis, and Overuse Syndromes
Brain and Cranial Nerve Disorders
Central Nervous System Infections
Cerebrovascular Accidents – Epidemiology, Presentation
Cerebrovascular Accidents – Treatment
Cerebrovascular Accidents – Preventive Care
Cerebrovascular Accidents – Initial Work-Up
Dementia: General
Myasthenia Gravis
Neurologic Assessment I, II
Neuromuscular Disorders
Neuropathy
Organic Brain Syndrome
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Seizures I, II
Spinal Cord Disorders
Electronic Health Records and Health Information Technology
Evidence-Based Medicine: General
Guidelines in Emergency Medicine
Information Technology in Medicine
Interpreting Medical Literature
Medical Error Prevention I, II
Occupational Medicine and Occupational Health in the Emergency Department
Physician Stress and Wellbeing
Risk Prevention
Social Role of Emergency Medicine
Wellness, Stress, and the Impaired Physician
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Bullous Pemphigoid
Capillary Hemangioma
Cellulitis
Cutaneous Larva Migrans
Cutaneous Ulcers
Dermatitis, Allergic Contact
Dermatitis, Seborrheic
Dermatophyte Infections
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
Eczema Herpeticum
Eczema, Dyshidrotic
Eczema, Xerotic
Eczematous Disorders
Erysipelas
Erythema Multiforme
Erythema Nodosum
Factitious Skin Ulcer
Herpes Simplex
Herpes Zoster
Impetigo
Insect Bites
Keratosis, Seborrheic
Malignant Melanoma
Pediculosis Pubis
Pemphigus Vulgaris
Pityriasis Rosea
Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis
Purpura Fulminans
Scabies
Skin Abscess
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Sweet’s Syndrome
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Urticaria
Verruca Vulgaris (Warts)
Xanthomas
Chronic Medical Illness During Pregnancy I, II
Ectopic Pregnancy
Gynecological Assessment
Invasive Procedures in Pregnancy
Labor and Delivery and Their Complications
Obstetric Critical Care
Ovarian Cysts
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Postpartum Hemorrhage
Pregnancy: Acute Complications
Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Female Genital Lesions
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Vaginal Discharge
Substance Abuse in Pregnancy
Addiction Medicine
Adolescents: Sexual Abuse
Affective Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Dissociative Disorders
Elder Abuse
Elder Mistreatment
Emergency Psychiatric Evaluation
Factitious Disorders and Malingering
Personality Disorders
Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Disorders
Schizophrenia
Sexual Assault
Somatoform Disorders
Suicidal Behavior
Thought Disorders
Violent Behavior
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Asthma I, II
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Children
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Disease of the Lungs I, II
Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Lower Airway Obstruction
Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Upper Airway Obstruction and Infections
Pleural Effusion I, II
Pneumonia I, II, III, IV, V
Pneumothorax
Pulmonary Abscess
Pulmonary Embolism I, II, III
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Nephropathy, Contrast Induced
Nephroureterolithiasis
Penis Problems
Renal Failure: Acute
Renal Failure: Chronic
Renal Transplantation
Sexually Transmitted Infections – Male Genital Lesions/Infections
Testicular Problems
Urinary Retention
Urinary Tract Infection
Urological Assessment
Bacterial Infections – Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus
Bacterial Infections – Meningococcemia, Pneumococcemia
Bacterial Infections – MRSA, VRE, ESBL
Bacterial Infections – Pediatric I, II
Tuberculosis – Bacterial Infections
Parasitic Infections
Parasitic Infections – Pediatric
Sepsis Syndromes
Systemic Fungal Infections
Systemic Fungal Infections – Pediatric
Tick-Borne Illnesses
Tick-Borne Illnesses – Pediatric
Viral Infections – Hantavirus
HIV and AIDS – Viral Infections
Viral Infections – Influenza, Mononucleosis, Herpes
Viral Infections – Pediatric
Rabies – Viral Infections
Acetaminophen Toxicity
Antibiotics Toxicity and Side Effects
Anticholinergics Toxicity
Anticonvulsant Toxicity
Antidepressants Toxicity (inc. Serotonin Syndrome) I, II
Antipsychotics Toxicity
Aspirin and NSAIDs Toxicity
Bronchodilator Toxicity
Cardiovascular Drug Toxicity
Cocaine and Other Sympathomimetics Toxicity
General Approach to the Poisoned Patient
Hallucinogen Toxicity
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Hydrocarbon Toxicity
Inhaled Toxins
Lithium Toxicity
Opiate Toxicity
Pesticide Toxicity (incl. Organophosphates)
Sedatives and Hypnotics Toxicity (incl. Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines)
Toxic Alcohols
Toxic Plant Ingestions (incl. Mushrooms)
Burns – Chemical
Burns – Thermal
EENT Trauma: Eye
EENT Trauma: Nose
EENT Trauma: Oral-Dental
EENT Trauma: Otologic
Geriatric Trauma
Mammalian Bite Wounds (Including Humans)
Orthopedic Injuries: Ankle and Foot
Orthopedic Injuries: Cervical Spine
Orthopedic Injuries: Femur and Hip
Orthopedic Injuries: Hand I, II
Orthopedic Injuries: Humerus and Elbow
Orthopedic Injuries: Knee and Lower Leg
Orthopedic Injuries: Shoulder
Orthopedic Injuries: Wrist and Forearm I, II
Peripheral Vascular Injury
Trauma in Pregnancy
Trauma: Abdominal I, II
Trauma: Assessment and Stabilization I, II
Trauma: Face
Trauma: Foreign Bodies
Trauma: Genitourinary I, II, III
Trauma: Head
Trauma: Multiple and Blast Injuries
Trauma: Pelvic
Trauma: Soft Tissue Neck I, II
Trauma: Spinal Cord
Trauma: Thoracic – Cardiovascular Injuries I, II
Trauma: Thoracic – Chest Wall
Trauma: Thoracic – Esophageal Injuries
Trauma: Thoracic – Pulmonary Injuries
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Advanced Trauma Life Support
Neonatal Life Support
Pediatric Life Support
Resuscitation: Acid-Base Disorders I, II, III
Resuscitation: Airway I, II, III
Resuscitation: Arterial Cannulation
Resuscitation: Brain
Resuscitation: Cardiopulmonary I, II
Resuscitation: Electrolyte Disturbances I, II
Resuscitation: Fluids and Electrolytes I, II, III, IV, V
Resuscitation: Intravenous Catheterization
Resuscitation: Swan-Ganz Catheter
Resuscitation: Ventilation
Medical Ethics I, II
Medical Law I, II
Non-Healing Wounds
Office Surgery: General
Postoperative Complications
Procedural Sedation: Adult
Procedural Sedation: Pediatric
Wound Management I, II, III, IV
End of Life Care: Acute Care
The Dying Patient: General
The Dying Patient: Pain Control
Establishing Rapport
Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Care
Interviewing Techniques
Issues Related to Adolescence
Psychosocial Crises Intervention
Relationship-Centered Care
Speaking of Culturally Competent Care
Structuring Culturally Competent Care
The Combative Patient
The Developmentally and Physically Disabled Patient: Acute Care
The Difficult Patient
Youth, Gangs, and Violence

Expert Contributors

Written & continually maintained by board-certified, practicing medical professionals.

Continually Updated
All content is continually maintained by clinical expert peer-review.

Chief Editors:

Andrea Cecilia Eberly, MD, M.S., FAAEM

Mark E. Deutchman, MD, FAAFP
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Director, Advanced Training Track
Director, Rural Health Track
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

Contributing Authors:

Kathleen K. Aiello, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Ambler Pediatrics
Ambler, PA

Jennifer Amani, MD
Attending Physician
MBI Occupational Healthcare
Phoenix, AZ

David Auerbach, MD
Attending Physician
Montgomery Radiology Associates
Pottstown, PA

Kelly Bradley-Dodds, MD, FAAP
Program Director, Pediatric Residency
Attending Physician – Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Upland, PA

Gina Chung, MD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Internal Medicine, Section of Medical Oncology
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Adam Cohen, MD
Depatment of Oncology
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Salt Lake City, UT

Michael Anthony Darracq, MD, MPH
Emergency Physician
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Southern California
San Diego, CA

Michael France, MD
Emergency Room Physician
Memorial Hospital of Carbon County
Rawlins, WY

Arthur Frazzano, MD, FAAFP
Founding Director, Area Health Education Center of RI Network
Director, Division of Health Policy and Advocacy and Associated
Fellowship Program
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Warren Alpert Medical School
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Gerard Kiernan, MD
Hospitalist
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic
Keene, NH

Daniel Hayes, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
West Linn, OR

Michael J. Hodgman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Upstate New York Poison Center
Syracuse, NY

Jassin M. Jouria, Jr., MD
University of Miami
Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Alex Kadner, PhD
Medical Writer/Scientific Consultant, Neuroscience
Ballston Spa, NY

Miguel G. Madariaga, MD, MSc, FACP, DLSHTM
Director, Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Physician, Infectious Disease
Doylestown Hospital
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Jeanna M. Marraffa, Pharm.D., DABAT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Clinical Toxicologist
Upstate New York Poison Center
Syracuse, NY

Luis A. Mojicar, MD
Physician
Center for Living Well Clinic
Orlando, FL

George Smolinksi III, MD
Major, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Officer-In-Charge
Physical Medicine Clinic
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Landstuhl, Germany

Richard Snyder, DO
Nephrologist
Integrative Medicine Practitioner
LeHigh Valley Nephrology Associates

Rodrigo Tanchanco, MD, FACP
Hospitalist
Christiana Medical Group
Newark, DE

Pranav Virmani, MD
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Inova Loudoun Hospital and Medical Center
Leesburg, VA

Tricia A. Walters, MD
Family Medicine w/ Obstetrics
Wyatt, IN

Mary Wilson, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Mercy Hospital
Coon Rapids, MN

Cezary Wojcik, MD, PhD
Deaconess Hospital
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Evansville, IN

Melissa Wolf, MD
Physician
Bozeman Deaconess Women’s Specialists
Bozeman, MT

Sean Wormuth, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Vallejo, CA


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