About PEER

The goal of PEER

Since 1974, always has been, always will be, to make your practice and study experience "closest to the boards."


The PEER Approach

To make your study and practice experience as close to the real thing as possible, we model our question creation process after the ABEM process. We start with “The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine,” which represents the EM “core content” and includes more than 1,000 conditions, procedures, and skills in 20 content categories. On the exams, ABEM expects qualified emergency physicians to demonstrate cognitive expertise in all 20 categories, so we work hard to make sure PEER does, too. We assign topics to our item authors straight out of the EM Model to make sure that every question is relevant to the exam and to your own practice. We make sure each question focuses on one Physician Task, and we “weight” our content, just like ABEM does — that is, you'll see a lot more trauma and cardio questions in PEER than derm and environmental questions because that's how ABEM does it. The questions themselves look, feel, and sound like ABEM questions, and that's no coincidence. Every question is reviewed and edited carefully to achieve a level of quality that ensures PEER is as close to ABEM standards as possible. That's how we get “closest to the boards” and how you achieve your best score.

PEER is the best source to prepare emergency physicians at any stage of their career, for any ABEM exam.

“When was PEER created?”

PEER was first published in 1974. That’s 5 years before emergency medicine became a recognized specialty and 6 years before the first ABEM exam. Four decades and nine editions later, PEER is still considered the gold standard to prepare emergency physicians at all career stages for any ABEM exam — ITE, QE, or ConCert.

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