Emirates Medical Residency Entrance Examination - Academic Year 2020-2021

Information to help in preparation:

Dear candidates,

You may find the following details about the examinations helpful towards to your preparation.

  1. Each examination contains 120 questions to be completed in 3 hours.
  2. The Emirates Medical Residency Entrance examination will test the ability to apply clinical understanding, make clinical judgements, take responsibility for prioritizing diagnosis or problem list, planning investigation , selecting a plan for immediate management or long term management and assessing prognosis
  3. The questions are derived from the main medical specialties – Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery and General Pediatrics as well as Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Public Health.
  4. The wieghtage distribution of various disciplines will be as follows with a variation of +/- 5 %
    1. Obstetrics and Gynecology                                                          15%
    2. Internal Medicine                                                                         20%
    3. Surgery                                                                                       15%
    4. Pediatrics                                                                                    15%
    5. Family Medicine                                                                          15%
    6. Psychiatry                                                                                   10%
    7. Public Health / Preventive Medicine                                             10%
  5. All the questions are A type  (multiple choice with ONE correct answer out of FOUR / FIVE options)
  6. Disease conditions are selected on the basis of either their high prevalence in the UAE or significant association with mortality or serious morbidity. These include Haematology, hematopoietic system, immunology, infectious disease, maxillofacial, microbiology, neurology, occupational disease, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, preventative care, renal, reproductive, respiratory, rheumatology, sexual disease, skeletal, trauma, urology, sexual disease, and vascular disease.
  7. 95% of the questions are based on clinical scenarios and assess clinical reasoning.
  8. The following aspects (along with their distributions among the questions) of patient encounter are tested.
    1. Mechanism of Disease                  5%
    2. Diagnosis                                    40%
    3. Management                               55%
      • Investigations                                     20%
      • Treatment                                          35%
  9. The examinations have been standard set.

For obvious reasons, no specific resources have been recommended, but most of the preparatory sources available in the market for USMLE Step CK will be more than adequate.


  1. Read the question carefully and understand the scenario before answering the questions. Only few of the questions can be answered through recall of information. At least two levels of information processing are generally required.
  2. Use the information provided to answer the question asked. Do not assume facts and do not invent questions.
  3. Try to imagine the steps you will follow if you are actually managing the patient.
  4. Take careful notice of words like the “most appropriate” (which means more than one may be applicable) and “next” (which implies a sequence of steps in management)




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